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04 July 2006 @ 11:21 pm
Where It All Began  
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.
- The The US Delcaration of Independence

Words to live by. Even through all the years, those are still some damn fine words.
puddlemizutamari on July 5th, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC)
no one talks like that anymore... very sad.
StrypGiastrypgia on July 5th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
The cast has come down in quality these days. From Washington, Jefferson, and Paine we've devolved to George II, Rumsfeld, and Hannity. Not exactly masters of the ringing phrase or soaring oratory, any of that second group. In forty years, no one but historians or joke writers will still remember anything of what they said.

But Jefferson's prose is still...immortal.