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  • Cherry Picking “The Declaration Of Independence”

    America is at the beginning of the end of the empire.

    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.”

    As E.J Dionne Jr. states in his Washington Post article What Our Declaration Really Said, “No, our Constitution begins with the words “We the People” not “We the States.” The Constitution’s Preamble speaks of promoting “a more perfect Union,” “Justice,” “the common defense,” “the general Welfare” and “the Blessings of Liberty.” These were national goals.

    July 4th 2011: here in the United States, the usual barbecues, parades and fireworks – yet still very little synchronicity between the political parties (Democrats and Republicans) – very little gratitude is illustrated by either party, in regards to the freedoms and amenities a great nation avails us. Somehow we now see The Declaration of Independence as an entitlement, as opposed to guiding document that has provided the liberties and the stop-gaps to become the most powerful and innovative country in the history of man.

    The Declaration of Independence greatest strength is not the brilliant authors, nor the power of its assemblage: it is the humanness contained within the document — a document that considers everyone.

    Sometimes we forget how lucky we have it: and other times our partisan views position us to be antithetical to that very document, so we have to do better: be less invested in political parties and points of view, and more supportive of the country’s needs: more respectful of our individual needs and be willing to collaborate on both small and large measures.

    I’ve been using Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals as a soapbox for some time to demonstrate that America faces a moment of pause – a moment bordering on panic: one where it will  have to decide if it can repurpose itself into the second act of a great nation or it will continue to imitate the measures, indifference, malfeasance and neglect of a felled Rome: America is now just like Rome in many regards, and just like Rome — it feels that America is at the beginning of the end of the empire.

    Go to Wikepedia and examine the full context of the Declaration of Independence.

    Excerpt:

    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.

    Good Luck.

    Calvin Wilson
    Founder and CEO
    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals
    Calvin.wilson1@verizon.net
    http://twitter.com/Upstart__Nation

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