Declare

By Phil Plait | July 4, 2008 11:15 am

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.

Take a moment from the watermelon and chicken salad and hot dogs and frisbee, and remember why we celebrate this day.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Piece of mind, Politics

Comments (34)

  1. Tyler Durden

    Happy 4th of July.

    Celebrate by taking a moment to recognize how much the English suck:

    http://break.com/index/america-rules-england-sucks.html

  2. Tim G

    Don’t tread on me, creationists!

  3. Quiet Desperation

    I’m nothing if not independent. :-)

  4. Tim G

    I meant “Don’t tread on me, theocrats!”

  5. Well, the colonies were sure tired of George:

    “-He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
    -He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
    -He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
    -For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury”

    The verdict: “…whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”

    I wish we would hold more of these truths to be self-evident more often.

  6. John Keller

    Forget the creationists or theocrats, both our political parties should read and follow the Declaration of Independence.

  7. Happy July 4th BA and all Americans!

  8. Svip

    Yeah yeah, at least you know when your country was formed. My country’s foundation is listed as “Prehistoric”. Oh dear, we don’t know? Well, crap.

    Also, the English are awesome. At least they know how to write English. ;) And also, why were there no celebration of Canada Day here? Canada Day is awesome too.

  9. Mike Torr

    Happy birthday, cousins of mine across the sea! That is a great document to read, and made me think a lot. Don’t give up, America: you are the best country ever made, and you can be still greater: just “Keep the Faith”, but lose the Faith-based government… I’m rootin’ for ya in November!

  10. Ken_g6

    Yes, it’s time once again to celebrate insurgents who allied with a hostile nation to gain independence from an occupying overseas power. A power, led by a man named George no less (Thx ARealGirl), whose troops were known to shoot unarmed civilians.

    Happy Independence Day!

  11. John Keller

    Mike Torr,

    Unfortunately, the leading candidate Obama wants to increase funding to the Faith Based Office

  12. Brian

    True and all, but I like to think that July 4th is the one day of the year where I’m allowed to ignore everything that’s wrong and just think about the good things about the US. It gives me the strength to put up with our very own mad king George III the other 364.

    I do appreciate that we celebrate our nation’s beginning as July 4th, 1776. Not the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown, which would effectively commemorate a bloody war, nor the signing of the Treaty of Paris, which would commemorate England’s formal acknowledgement of our statehood. Instead, we commemorate the day a roomful of people put forth their best effort to quietly demonstrate, with the forcefulness of a Euclidian proof, that we should be allowed to seek our own fates. We’ve come a long way since then, but our roots are earnestly intellectual. It’s good to remember that.

  13. Leigh

    I repeat: HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!

  14. justcorbly

    Hey Tyler! The British are fantastic. If I had to live outside the U.S., I’d live there. (Actually, I did for a while, and it wouldn’t take much to convince me to go back.)

  15. Starviking

    I hope you all had a good day, but please remember – the United States gained its independence from the United Kingdom (or Great Britain, Britian) NOT England.

  16. themadlolscientist

    @ ARealGirl: Who says history doesn’t repeat itself. At least that King George had an excuse – porphyria will **** up your head big time. (One of my neighbors down the hall has it, and on a good day he’s nuckin’ futs. On a bad day? You don’t wanna know.)

  17. Dave Hall

    John Keller Says:
    Forget the creationists or theocrats, both our political parties should read and follow the Declaration of Independence.

    Nice thought, but remember the Declaration of independance is a justification for the anti-government actions of irate colonials who, for the most part considered themselves oppressed.

    Hell, I’d really like them to read and follow the Constitution which was designed to PREVENT government oppression. That is until power-mad demagogues aided by a compliant news media and a complacent public erode the very protections our founders established.

    In my opinion, we should also celebrate September 17.
    Any guesses why?

  18. Katrina

    @ Dave Hall:

    Well, since I’m pretty sure you weren’t talking about my grandmother’s birthday, I suspect you think that Constitution Day should be more widely celebrated in the U.S.

  19. Patrick

    I read that the other day after the FISA bill passed..and the only conclusion I reached was we need bigger guns.

  20. Crudely Wrott

    It is a constructive exercise to compile a list of the current complaints about our government and compare that list against the enumerations in the Declaration.

  21. madge

    Over here in UK we spend July 4th congratulating each other that we finally got rid of you folks. You just ain’t our kind of people. Slogan of the day is “I thought they would ever leave!”
    Just Kidding :)

  22. madge

    Aak That should be NEVER leave! (madge slinks off muuttering something about learning the Queens English)

  23. 15. Starviking Says:
    July 4th, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    I hope you all had a good day, but please remember – the United States gained its independence from the United Kingdom (or Great Britain, Britian) NOT England.

    Not quite! To be technical the United Kingdom did not exist until the 1800 Act of Union. The United States won its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

  24. Rift

    Since the Fourth of July is my birthday, I agree, l focus on the good things about the government and how great we our stated ideals are, can gripe the rest of the year. As for September 17th, blah, I agree with Brian, the day John Hancock signed the declaration of independence is the true start of our country… Before then we were still trying to reconcile, After King Georges October 1775 ultimatum reached our shores, there was no turning back. While we should celebrate Constitution Day, we were still the same country even though we ditched the Articles of Confederation… August 29th and/or February 3rd are just as Important as September 17th, if not more so since they caused what happened on September 17th, 1787…

    Also, don’t you all remember the big to do on September 17th, 1987???

  25. aleph1=c

    @Dave Hall: I lost the spelling bee in 3rd grade for spelling it independance. It really pissed me off at the time, but the up-side was that I never got it wrong after that. Oh wait, you spelled it both ways. Never mind, it must be a typo.

  26. alkkemist

    Yikes!

    Not only does Jesse Helms die on the 4th of July, but you are telling me the sun was at its dimmest!!!!!

  27. Dave Hall

    Two fingers= typing speed of 40 MPM Misteaks per Minute.

    Damn that spel-check.

  28. The Cat Herder

    Two things: 1) That Jesse Helms died on the Fourth of July surely established and affirmed his greatness as a conservative in our Republican sphere; and 2) Remember that “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” apply to evolutionists too.

  29. Starviking

    @Matt

    “Not quite! To be technical the United Kingdom did not exist until the 1800 Act of Union. The United States won its independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.”

    I’ve never heard “Kingdom of Great Britain” used officially before. The text of the 1707 Act of Union only refers to the “United Kingdom of Great Britain”. That makes sense to me, as an act of ‘Union’ results in the parties concerned being ‘United’.

  30. Rich

    Oh god…moonbats celebrating the 4th of july. You just couldn’t stop whining about 2000 & 2004 election results for one day could ya? Look, Bush is not the anti-christ. You think you can do better, run for office will ya? I am looking forward to november — finally, the wishy-washy liberals will have to DEFEND an incompetent president, instead of attack one

  31. Tyler Durden

    “I hope you all had a good day, but please remember – the United States gained its independence from the United Kingdom (or Great Britain, Britian) NOT England.”

    Yes, but England was the driving force behind colonization and subjection of distant lands.. just as they always were in the past, as in the cases of Ireland, Scotland, India, etc.

    Besides, it’s really hard to hate the Scottish or the Irish. They’re just cool folks.

  32. BlondeReb3

    I work at a National Park, and we had so many visitors on the 4th. I wish it was more consistent, but it’s nice to see patariotic people out there!

  33. Starviking

    @Tyler

    “Yes, but England was the driving force behind colonization and subjection of distant lands.. just as they always were in the past, as in the cases of Ireland, Scotland, India, etc.

    Besides, it’s really hard to hate the Scottish or the Irish. They’re just cool folks.”

    Thanks for the compliment!

    Though, on the other hand, we Irish and the Scottish made up a disproportionate amount of the forces of the Empire…

  34. Irishman

    The Cat Herder said:
    > 1) That Jesse Helms died on the Fourth of July surely established and affirmed his greatness as a conservative in our Republican sphere;

    Or it could be said the second Great thing for our country that happened on July 4th. Pick your spin.

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