July 4, 2007

Happy Fourth!

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.
America, F*ck Yeah! Posted by John Kranz at July 4, 2007 12:00 AM

I always prefered the prose of the Declaration of Independence to that of the Constitution. Fewer cooks - better broth.

Happy Birthday America. We're doing our best to "keep the Republic."

Posted by: johngalt at July 4, 2007 11:34 AM

With all respect to Gouverneur Morris (who had a larger committee to muck things up), that paragraph is bracing for its clarity, style and substance. I don't know that a better paragraph has ever been penned.

Posted by: jk at July 4, 2007 3:19 PM | What do you think? [2]