|Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on July 4, 2009 at 11:20 AM|
" 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 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...
We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in general congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent States...And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."*
May America remain loyal to the principles of the Declaration of Independence and apply them to ever widening areas of life.
May our country be always free from oppression, persecution, and unjust discrimination; may we overcome religious, racial, and class conflicts.
May we learn the art of living together in harmony, and come to appreciate our differences, to reconcile clashing interests, and to help one another achieve harmonious and abundant life.
May we acquire and follow the wisdom of our founding fathers.
May the resources of our America be utilized for the good of all humanity.
May the enterprise of our American people be blessed now and forever more.
*From The Declaration of Independece.