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U.S. Independence Day Special:
One of the greatest “Screw you”s ever written. (In which Jefferson, on behalf of himself and a handful of other rubes on the back side of nowhere, tells the most powerful man in the world that he can go screw himself.) (The courage of the rubes, as evinced by the final line, is moving.)
⁓The Voice before the Void
The United States Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson, et al.
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, Continue reading