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.
While July Fourth has special meaning for Americans, our Independence Day celebrates the concept of the sovereign individual, a world view and an ideal that extends far beyond our borders.And as we stand at the ready, as comrades-in-arms, awaiting another “shot heard round the world”, each of us must ask himself the one question that defines courage and resolve on the brink of historical decision. What are you willing to sacrifice for freedom? Resist Tyranny
For centuries, man was ruled by autocrats and despots who owned everything and everyone, controlled all property, and had the authority to dictate the course of events in their realm. Common man eked out his sparse existence with the constant anxiety of an uncertain future. No part of his day to day life was secure or safe from the whims of the monarch who controlled his fate.
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