Monday, July 4, 2011

Jefferson and Adams both died on the same day, only hours apart... july 4th

hey everybody,

Happy 4th of July,

Living here in Philadelphia has given me a different look at history.  I always saw history from the revolutionary war angle of Boston.  The Freedom trail, bunker hill, etc...  There is a whole other city based on the original politics of the country... long before anyone cared about a congressman's twitter discretions. 

I mean real life, live or die, give me freedom or give me death politics.  The kinds of decisions that most of todays politicians would wet themselves if they were even invited to keep minutes of the meeting...  For all of america's faults, you have to admit that these bastards of the british empire that we now call our forefathers were pretty ingenious.  The documents they penned still stand after 2 centuries.  I challenge anyone today to design something that will be revered in 2 centuries.

All I did today was go for a run and some sprints up the street.  235 years ago today a bunch of guys decided they were going to start a country.  Hmmm...  i'm impressed with myself if I start jigsaw puzzle... so when you're eating at the bbq or drunk watching the fireworks... remember, we got today off because those guys never did.

cheers to his majesty king george... sucka.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with 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 should declare 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,[70] 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.
Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

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