Saturday, July 01, 2006


Two hundred and thirty years ago a committee of 5 people were busily revising Thomas Jefferson's rough draft of the Declaration of Independence for the Continental Congress to adopt and sign. Before we go watch the POPs and fireworks it is appropriate to review this incredible document.

An astute observation from the Declaration is "that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable," the evils of governing bodies.

As part of the celebration it might be fun to see how well we have done at keeping the evils from the list from recurring. There are some such as "He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance." that we still seem to have problems with.

After the Declaration was signed, it took until 1789 to develop the foundation of our country and our freedoms that we often take for granted today. We must remember that the revolution of 230 years ago was just part of the process of securing everyone's right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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