Wednesday, July 02, 2008

...and the pursuit of happiness

I'll be out of blogging range til after this glorious weekend, wherein I hope to enjoy some sleeping-in time, some family-time, and more than a bit of sand stuck up my bum-crack.

July 4th always reminds me of this Schoolhouse Rock segment. (I swear I passed high school civics class because of Schoolhouse Rock...I am forever in their debt.) Have a great weekend, everyone!




The Preamble

"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."

3 Comments:

At 8:36 AM, Blogger gary rith said...

"...long train of abuses...."

 
At 8:45 AM, Blogger patches said...

Have a great weekend Mona! I hope you get plenty of sand up yours.

 
At 2:00 PM, Blogger Clowncar said...

I loooove School House Rock. Grammar Rock too.

And love that you quoted the D of I. All I knew was the first couple sentences.

"Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it."

I'm just sayin....

 

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