The document that formed the United States of America
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    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, 4 Jul 1776
    U.S. National Archives, includes transcript, downloadable high-resolution images and facts about the signers
    The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America
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    Events of Interest

    4 Jul 1776, Second Continental Congress, adopted, in Philadelphia


    Autobiography: 1743 -- 1790, by Thomas Jefferson, 6 Jan 1821
    Electronic text at The Avalon Project, Yale Law School
    Independence Day Address in Kansas City, MO, by Andre V. Marrou, 4 Jul 1992
    "The ideals of the Declaration ... were to be betrayed repeatedly. ... Throughout history great civilizations have declined and ultimately died because of three factors: excessive taxation, debasement of the currency and the stationing of troops in many foreign countries. The United States of America has done, or is doing, all three."
    The Declaration of Independence: A History, National Archives
    The Declaration of Independence in American, by Henry Louis Mencken, 7 Nov 1921
    Originally "Essay in American"; reprinted in The American Language, third edition, 1923; includes a preface explaining why the original Declaration is "quite unintelligible" to the average current-day (1920's) American
    "All we got to say on this proposition is this: first, me and you is as good as anybody else, and maybe a damn sight better; second, nobody ain't got no right to take away none of our rights; third, every man has got a right to live, to come and go as he pleases, and to have a good time whichever way he likes, so long as he don't interfere with nobody else. That any government that don't give a man them rights ain't worth a damn; also, people ought to choose the kind of government they want themselves, and nobody else ought to have no say in the matter."
    A House Undivided Cannot Stand, by Thomas J. DiLorenzo, 3 Jun 2006
    "The Declaration of Independence declares that the free and independent states were even to have the ability, as individual states, to wage war, which they did during the Revolution. James Madison is given most of the credit for the idea of divided sovereignty, which is sometimes referred to as federalism or states' rights."
    Karl Hess: Presidential Speechwriter Turned Homesteader, by Anson Mount, Mother Earth News, Jan 1976
    "The Plowboy Interview", shortly after Hess' book Dear America had become a bestseller, questions him about the switch from right wing conservatism to the New Left
    "As far as I'm concerned, the federal government is overthrown because the Declaration of Independence clearly states that when a government gets to be intolerable, concerned citizens should abolish it. So I wrote a letter to the government saying that it was abolished. Interestingly enough, however, the Declaration of Independence has no current legal standing. The Constitution superseded it unfortunately."
    Libertarians of Will, Intellect, and Action, by Murray N. Rothbard, 1977
    Keynote address to the Libertarian Party Convention
    "For as noble, as exciting, as profoundly libertarian as the Declaration was, it was still the necessary but not sufficient first step in the victory of what we have correctly identified as the First Libertarian Revolution. The Declaration was the rhetoric, the ideology, that set the stage ... It is only because of their dedicated actions that we, their descendants, can celebrate the 4th of July and the Declaration of Independence."
    Would-Be Rulers without Clothes, by Sheldon Richman, Future of Freedom, May 2008
    Examines Hillary Clinton's assertion about "wanting" a universal health care plan
    "It's what Thomas Jefferson meant when he wrote, 'All men are created equal' in the Declaration of Independence. He certainly did not mean that people are equal in intelligence, talent, energy, ambition, physical strength, and so on. And he couldn't have meant that they should merely be equal before the law, because that would be a low bar indeed; we can imagine a society in which the law treats everyone rather poorly but nonetheless equally. ..."

    Cartoons and Comic Strips

    Writing Today's Declaration of Dependence, by Chuck Asay, 29 Oct 2004


    Individual Rights Reconsidered: Are the Truths of the U.S. Declaration of Independence Lasting?
        by Tibor R. Machan (Editor), 2001