Pamela L. Williams en beBee USA, History beBee Brand Ambassador • beBee 27/11/2016 · 4 min de lectura · +600

Time for a US History Lesson

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

T Time for a US History Lessonhen 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 harass 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 benefit 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.

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 British 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.





Donna-Luisa Eversley 29/11/2016 · #4

Wow @Pamela L. Williams...seems you are flying a flag here...🙂
So if I understand correctly...your present elected uhh character does not meet the requirements of a real leader ...ouch!😉lol

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Pamela L. Williams 29/11/2016 · #3

Part 2
Are we doomed to repeat our bloody history? Our newly elected dumb*** has a vested interest in the Dakota pipeline being built. He has threatened everybody, do you think he would hesitate to once again slaughter the only true Native Americans in this country if it meant earning another nickel for himself? This will not end well I fear.
The extent to which these events are affecting America is the fact that US veterans are preparing to go to the site to defend the Lakota Sioux. Our veterans! Those who have defended this country now feel the need to defend a band of people from the country. It does not speak well for the path this country has chosen.
I posted this because like the idiots we are, despite all our technological advances we are still fighting the same ridiculous bloody battles over and over again. As a post recently written here on beBee was titled: How Stupid are We? Sorry I can't remember the author's name, but I like the post!!

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Pamela L. Williams 29/11/2016 · #2

#1 Ken, this is what the D of I means to me: That the government is to serve the people they govern and not the reverse. That power corrupts and in this corruption it is the people who suffer. This is what was happening almost exactly 240 years ago as the colonist were being used to support the elite. It was not about the Brits, for the citizens of that nation were as used and abused. History constantly repeats itself as we humans seem incapable of learning from our mistakes. My fears, in Truth? Are we about to relive a time when everything was owned by a few while all others lived in poverty and servitude or are we about to see a country turn into our version of the Third Reich. I don't see anything positive coming for my country if this administration is allowed to happen. A perfect example is the battle going on right now between the Lakota Sioux and DAPL Energy as we once again strip their sacred lands of life and beauty for use by the powerful.
As I drove home tonight (I don't listen to music or the news, its my time to think and contemplate different issues) I thought about our leaders and the current debate about conflict of interest as our so called President Elect thinks he can give this country sufficient attention and still run his hundreds of businesses around the globe? But apparently there is no conflict of interest when you're the president. BULLSH**. I have actually considered starting a petition for the laws to be changed that if you hold an elected or appointed position that you must divest yourself of all interest, holdings, and investments in any organization/company that is regulated by the government body to which you have been elected/appointed. It's time they stop serving themselves, making themselves rich, at the people's expense. Isn't that the exact accusation the colonist made against King George and his court? End Part 1

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Ken Boddie 28/11/2016 · #1

Difficult reading this document in its original form, Pam, particular for one who was not schooled in your country or who is not over familiar with your history, except that it would appear that Jefferson and the then thirteen states really and successfully pissed off King George III and his peers. My ignorance drove me to find a "simple English translation" of the 'Preamble' in Wikipedia. One sentence of this translation really appears to sum things up well:
"That governments which have existed for a long time should not be changed for small reasons. However, if a government abuses its people over and over again, the people have the right to get rid of that government."
What say you, Pam?

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