Sunday, September 04, 2005

 

My Country, 'Tis Of Thee...


Most of you probably have not read these documents in years. I read them again today and they made me cry. With 9/11, the War in Iraq and the mishandling of the American Refugees I think it is time we take a long hard look around.

So lets journey back to the 5th grade and relearn about what America is supposed to be.

From The Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Bill of Rights
:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

United States Constitution:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Comments:
Great post. Don't forget the Gettysburg Address: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal ...

(I actually memorized that for fun one summer when I was like 11. What a geek.)
 
byf...right I forgot about that one. Good memory!
 
awesome post, very interesting, i love this kind of stuff!
 
Yowza. Always good to take another look at these kinds of things. Really re-opens your eyes.
 
Poor people gonna rise up
And get their share
Poor people gonna rise up
And take what's theirs

Don't you know
You better run, run, run...
Oh I said you better
Run, run, run...

Finally the tables are starting to turn
Talkin' bout a revolution
 
I've run across hundreds of adults who've never read these documents (and I'm talking about born and bred U.S. citizens!) Most of them can read, write, and balance their checkbooks, but they have no idea what their nation SHOULD be all about. Thanks for reminding us.
 
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