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 shown 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.
It was with these words the United States set upon a path that would change 13 colonies into the world’s greatest nation.
Today we continue to live by these words. From this Declaration, the Constitution of the United States with the Bill of Rights was brought forth and would be the guiding lights for the United States.
The Declaration of Independence will never change. The Declaration is the soul of the United States. The Constitution is a living document that does change and evolve over time, and is often reaffirmed. We are reminded of this fact on a constant basis since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and more recently with the recent reaffirmation of the 2nd amendment to “The Right to Bear Arms.”
As our nation continues to grow and evolve the Constitution will evolve with it. It will be dependent upon us, the citizens of this great country, to continue to be vigil of our rights and to be involved in the process to ensure that any changes that may occur have our input and reflect the needs of the our growing community.
On July 4th we commemorate our fore fathers, their courage and their foresight in declaring the universal right of all men to live free, and in establishing the framework that have allowed us this freedom.
Happy Fourth of July