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NOTE: This is going out on 3 July 2012 because that was the vote for freedom. They postponed the signing so Matlack could make a clear copy. The Flags went up today although there were about four flags in use, none which had stars and stripes. Two had stripes, two had snakes, two had the Union Jack. I am also including a glossary that wlll define certain terms in bold letters. Acknowledgement is due to Thomas Jefferson. Benjamin Franklin and John Adams who produced the significant text of this article.
July 4, 1776. No stars and stripes. No speeches about conquest and empire. It was a solemn occasion and the men in the room knew how solemn. And yet, without hesitation, one of the wealthiest men in Boston signed a document that confirmed the treason of the armed rebellion that had been going on for fourteen and a half months. Everyone knew that should they fail the gallows awaited. The slogan “freedom is not free” was not a slogan but a grim reality and yet after Hancock signed they adjourned to the watering holes of Philadelphia to celebrate. Cannon and fireworks were fired,
And yet, the King’s forces were in New Jersey. The governor of New Jersey had issued a warrant for Benjamin Franklin for seditious speech. Washington’s first military command was the Continental army—his previous experience had been coordinating the retreat of Braddock’s army and attempting to limit casualties. The colonials still had a slipshod military. There were those for whom the traitor’s noose was a very real spectre,
Actually the wording had been agreed upon the previous day and taken to the scrivener, Timothy Matlack. Matlack had been selected by Franklin as someone who could be trusted. Although he had been read out of meeting for pursuing education rather than learning a trade, he was a devout Quaker and would be instrumental in founding the Free Quaker Meeting for those believing in a defensive war.
There were those in Congress who had misgivings with following Sam Adams and Ben Franklin down the road to revolution. There are also interpreters who said the revolution had already occurred and this was merely its revelation to the world and statement that it would now defend itself.
For today’s Liberty Movement, it is somehow perceived as “we did it once and we will do it again.” And there are those who believe it to be a cake walk—look how we’re defending liberty in …. whereever. It is not. Our troops are supporting empire. Our revolution was the beginning of the end of the British Empire. What we are seeking is a freedom that has been compromised by those who came after and decided to change the system to be more democratic. With these changes, there has been an expansion of governmental power and a shrinking of individual rights.
So what were they signing that took so much courage? Try this:
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
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, 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.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Ready to sign? John Hancock was but the Royal Navy already had a noose with his name on it. Are conditions so bad that you are ready and willing to take arms against an army that has you outgunned? Do you think that your First Amendment rights protect you?
In 1956 there was a national revolt in Hungary against the Soviet Union. 3000 were killed and more than 1200 incarcerated. In May of l968 Alexander Dubcek announced relaxation of Communist rule in Czechoslovakia. In August the Warsaw Pact tanks rolled in. Some were arrested, there were no deaths and Moscow had reasserted authority.
In June 1989 the Chinese reacted to unarmed protestors with military force. The death toll is in the thousands. In Moscow, military units defected, giving the protestors armed force to overthrow the Soviet Union.
Still ready to sign? NDAA2012 suspended the Posse Comitatus Act and US troops may be used on dissidents. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are being desensitized about firing on civilians. Additionally, there are federal police in the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, HUD, HHS, Energy and Agriculture. They have the latest military weapons and training. And then there are the reeducation camps where you learn to fit in.
Are you ready for the long soft war? Are you ready to do your research and talk to people, taking over the political structure on precinct at a time. Be aware that the forces of Tyranny are ready to defend their turf and perquisites. Be aware that a deliberately created underclass will rise up to support the power structure.
BUT REMEMBER: The patriots had minority of the population. They were outgunned and outprovisioned. But eventually they prevailed. And we will prevail.
- Democratic: By popular vote and majority rule. It is a good way to elect representatives but there is a need for checks and balances.
- unalienable Rights: That is rights conferred by Nature and Nature’s God and cannot be taken away by government whim under any pretext.
- Right of the People to alter or to abolish it: The people have the right to change the government by any means available.
- repeated injuries and usurpations: The justifications list as causes for separation and rebellion.
- Petitioned for Redress: Made request formally to the governing powers to alleviate the conditions listed.
- mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor: This means everything, jobs, benefits, family, possessions.