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Declaration of Independence


Jose Galvan

on 8 April 2014

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Transcript of Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence
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 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.
Impel: force
Declaration of Natural Rights
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.
Endowed: provided
Usurpations: unjust uses of power
Despotism: unlimited power
Sometimes in history, one group of of people (the Colonies) must break away from another group (the British), to take an equal position intended by God, and respect to people requires that they (the Colonies) state why we want to be separate.
We declare it is obvious that all men are created
equal and that their Creator gives them the rights
of life, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness,
which can never be taken away.
governments are created to secure these rights
and governments get their power from the people
they govern; if a government is not doing its job it is
the right of the people to change or destroy that government and create a new government, a new government that the people create themselves to ensure they are safe and happy. Carefulness states that long established governments should not be changed for flimsy or temporary reasons; history has shown that people will usually put up with a bad government ratherthan change what they are used to. But when a government has repeatedly taken away the rights of the people, it is the people's duty to get rid of that government and create a new government that will help them in the future. This has been the experience of the Colonies, and this is why we must change our government.
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