As the Fireworks Clear

Posted by Chris Geidner
July 4, 2010 11:48 PM |

It wasn't the rockets' red glare tonight, but all the colors of the fireworks over the National Mall that kept the District's attention as the night fell on Sunday evening, July 4.

Remembering the parchment-based beginnings of this day, however, also is important. Here's the National Archives page about the Declaration of Independence, which begins:

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.

Happy Birthday, America.

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