04 July 2006

Happy Fourth of July!

On this, the 230th birthday of our nation, I wish you all a safe and happy holiday.
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them to another, and to assume, among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they list the causes which impel them to the separation.

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 rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
We're so used to those words that we can't conceive of how unthinkable they were back in 1776. Nor do we often consider the fact that signing this Declaration was an act of treason against the crown of England. Many of the signatories suffered loss of property, family, and life during the Revolutionary War. But none of them - not one - renounced his loyalty to America and American ideals.

I honor their sacrifices and clear-eyed courage. May we be worthy of their legacy.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Michael said...

Kudos for the correct use of "recognizant" and "fuck off" in the same post.

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Anonymous Michael said...

Whoops, wrong thread. I'll copy it below.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stephen Round Just an Englishman said...
The INVISIBLE ENGLISH - EUROPES LANDLESS PALESTINIANS

Why are we English denied that which we fought the Second World War for, the freedom to be English and represented as English was promised to us by Churchill and Rooseveldt.

We have earned our manumission - why are we still invisible. The concept of britishness belongs to the past, it doesnt work for us. Why are we still chained by £ondon to a dead british corpse? Here's the promise they made to us, its time this promise was recognised and honoured! Here's to the end of this damned colony of £ondon.... have you ex-colonials forgot - only citys have Empires!
The Atlantic Charter of 1941
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August 14

Declaration by President Rooseveldt and Prime Minister Churchill

Later called "The Atlantic Charter"


FIRST, their Countries seek no aggrandizement, territorial or other;

SECOND, they desire to see no territorial changes that do not accord with the freely expressed wishes of the peoples concerned;

THIRD, they respect the right of all peoples to choose the form of government under which they will live; and they wish to see sovereign rights and self-government restored to those who have been forcibly deprived of them;

FOURTH, they will endeavor, with due respect for their existing obligations, to further the enjoyment by all States, great or small, victor or vanquished, of access, on equal terms, to the trade and to the raw materials of the world which are needed for their economic prosperity;

FIFTH, they desire to bring about the fullest collaboration between all nations in the economic field with the object of securing, for all, improved labor standards, economic adjustment and social security;

SIXTH, after the final destruction of the Nazi tyranny, they hope to see established a peace which will afford to all nations the means of dwelling in safety within their own boundaries, and which will afford assurance that all the men in all the lands may live out their lives in freedom from fear and want;

SEVENTH, such a peace should enable all men to traverse the high seas and oceans without hindrance;

EIGHTH, they believe that all of the nations of the world, for realistic as well as spiritual reasons, must come to the abandonment of the use of force. Since no future peace can be maintained if land, sea or air armaments continue to be employed by nations which threaten, or may threaten, aggression outside of their frontiers, they believe, pending the establishment of a wider and permanent system of general security, that the disarmament of such nations is essential. They will likewise aid and encourage all other practicable measures which will lighten for peace-loving peoples the crushing burden of armaments.


Franklin D. Roosevelt

Winston S. Churchill

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