Happy Independence Day!

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    Jul 04, 2013 8:02 AM GMT
    Happy Fourth of July, RealJockers!

    I felt it appropriate, especially in light of recent events, to post this. Please take a few minutes from your barbeques, pool parties, fireworks, etc and read this. I believe it still has meaning in today's society.

    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, 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

    The full text is available here:

    http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html

    And please spend a moment to give thought to our brothers and sisters living in countries where there very lives and freedom are at stake, simply because of who they are.

    Thanks for listening.

    Peace.

    Mike
  • BillandChuck

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    Jul 04, 2013 11:29 AM GMT
    Awesome post!!! Happy birthday to the greatest nation ever on Earth and positive energy to all our people's of Earth for acceptance, inclusion, tolerance and peace!
  • FitGwynedd

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    Jul 04, 2013 11:31 AM GMT
    Someday I hope Wales will be free from English tyranny and we can become a true Republican Democracy like the USA!
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    Jul 04, 2013 11:31 AM GMT
    Happy Independence day to you, too Sungod!

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    Jul 04, 2013 11:38 AM GMT
    And to you, Quest!
  • Laurence

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    Jul 04, 2013 1:28 PM GMT
    Happy Independence Day from the UK.

    We were sorry to see you go.

    Not too sure about you being the greatest nation on the earth though. But you're not the worst by a long way.

    Loz

    ps. As Wales contributes f*ck all the Great Britain we'd be glad to see the back of them.
  • FitGwynedd

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    Jul 04, 2013 2:00 PM GMT
    Laurence saidHappy Independence Day from the UK.

    We were sorry to see you go.

    Not too sure about you being the greatest nation on the earth though. But you're not the worst by a long way.

    Loz

    ps. As Wales contributes f*ck all the Great Britain we'd be glad to see the back of them.


    London is heavily dependent on Welsh electricity, and the midlands draw all their water supplies from Wales. 1/5 of petroleum products used in the UK are refined in Wales, and Wales is a major producer of vehicles and steel. Oh and don't forget that the ports of Holyhead and Milford Haven are vital to the English economy, as well as the English political manipulation of Ireland. So be careful what you wish for mein frau.
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    Jul 04, 2013 2:23 PM GMT


    Happy Independence Day!!

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    Jul 04, 2013 3:17 PM GMT
    Happy 'Independence Day' to all you Americans. This will be my 2nd in the US.
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    Jul 04, 2013 3:18 PM GMT
    And even as independence is celebrated here, others fight for their own rights. The fight ranges from the desire for more to the need of protection.

    We are a blessed nation regardless of the perceived or real struggles we confront. The world looks to us and we shine with freedom and liberty. A dynamic independence constantly challenged for the betterment of all it's people.

    We should all stand proud, despite our differences, for the common we stand for, a nation of mixed ethnicity, religious affiliations, sexuality, and classes, always striving to refine the equality of all.

    Happy Independence Day to all my fellow citizens of this great nation!

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    Jul 04, 2013 3:20 PM GMT
    sweetyork saidHappy 'Independence Day' to all you Americans. This will be my 2nd in the US.

    YEAH! Happy 4th! And welcome icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 04, 2013 4:00 PM GMT
    I LIKE IT!
    Can we do this NOW?...icon_rolleyes.gif
  • NMGUY505

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    Jul 04, 2013 4:13 PM GMT
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    Jul 04, 2013 4:28 PM GMT
    Happy 4th to all the Supermen on here:

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    Jul 04, 2013 4:43 PM GMT
    NMGUY505 said


    I had forgotten about that one. A pretty good speech for Hollywood.
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    Jul 04, 2013 4:52 PM GMT
    Drink a toast today to patriots like Caesar Rodney!
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jul 04, 2013 6:19 PM GMT
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    Jul 04, 2013 7:03 PM GMT
    Great pictures AMoonHawk.

    If I could edit, I'd make it "...That all humans are created equal...".
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    Jul 04, 2013 7:35 PM GMT
    Happy Independence Day from me as well. The USA is a far from perfect country, but I still consider myself to have been really lucky to be born and raised here. Now, if only we had fewer guns, national health insurance, a better social safety net, no Senate filibuster rule, no electoral college, and a full scale effort to address global warming.

    Bill Kristof wrote a piece in the New York Times today that I think is, so to speak, "right on target.":

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/opinion/kristof-how-could-we-blow-this-one.html?ref=opinion
  • Import

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    Jul 04, 2013 7:55 PM GMT
    fuck you, Britain! Fuck you hard. bitch
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    Jul 04, 2013 7:56 PM GMT
    Happy 4th to my American brethren! Here's my favourite rendition ever of your national anthem, from one of the best female artists of all time:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1QmeEdFOSc

  • winwin

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    Jul 04, 2013 8:06 PM GMT
    Happy 4th of July everyone! I feel lucky to be in the greatest country of all. Now all I need is a husband and we can go get married just like everybody else and it's about time.icon_biggrin.gif
  • madsexy

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    Jul 04, 2013 8:25 PM GMT
    This is my 13th USA Independence Day. I have not been here for every one, but I've been here for most of those since I first moved here for university. I love living here in your country and wish you all the best on this, your great country's birthday.
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    Jul 04, 2013 8:38 PM GMT
    madsexy saidThis is my 13th USA Independence Day. I have not been here for every one, but I've been here for most of those since I first moved here for university. I love living here in your country and wish you all the best on this, your great country's birthday.


    Happy Fourth of July, and welcome!
  • ASHDOD

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    Jul 04, 2013 8:47 PM GMT
    Happy independence day to our great friend and sister the U.S.A icon_exclaim.gif
    Dani Israel