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Today is the day celebrated the birthday of the United States of America.

Through the centuries, Americans have had to answer the call to protect our freedoms and civil liberties that often required service both stateside and overseas.

Sadly, many young men and women never made it back home after answering the call for their nation. They have made the ultimate sacrifice and we are forever in their debt.

Of the ones that gave their all, many are still waiting to come home. Across the Pacific, the Middle East, mountains of the Korean Peninsula, fields in Western Europe, and forests of Southeast Asia, these brave men and women took an oath to protect us and our freedom and we should take the time to remember them as well.

Semper Fidelis, we honor you on this Independence Day.

"It is the function of the Navy to carry the war to the enemy so that it is not fought on U.S. soil." - Chester Nimitz, US Navy

#independenceday

#semperfidelis

#anchorsaweigh

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Happy 4th to all. Thank you and god bless to all who have served and are still serving.

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Bunch of politicians got together to sign a piece of paper....   No blood was shed, no shots were fired.

Merely an advisory to our King that the reality of situation has escalated.

Nowadays, reading this document out loud might get you arrested in the USA for making anti-government terrorist threats.

READ IT !!!!!

 

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.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the 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; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. 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.

 

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AVR_Project,  actually Blood had been shed in battles during 1775 and early 1776.  To me the beauty of the Declaration of Independence is not only it's distillation of Enlightenment ideals and logic, but the dramatic move by the colonist to declare a complete break from England.  They were proclaiming that this was no mere uprising to secure better conditions, but a true rebellion with only defeat and subjugation or victory and independence as final outcomes.  To use a poker analogy, they pushed all their chips to the middle of the table and went all in.

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We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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1 hour ago, Avenge_December_7 said:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

US Constitution

Created: September 17, 1787

Ratified:  June 21, 1788

Became Effective:  March 4, 1789

Latest Amendment:  27th:  May 5, 1992

 

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10 hours ago, Gneisenau013 said:

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Today is the day celebrated the birthday of the United States of America.

Through the centuries, Americans have had to answer the call to protect our freedoms and civil liberties that often required service both stateside and overseas.

Sadly, many young men and women never made it back home after answering the call for their nation. They have made the ultimate sacrifice and we are forever in their debt.

Of the ones that gave their all, many are still waiting to come home. Across the Pacific, the Middle East, mountains of the Korean Peninsula, fields in Western Europe, and forests of Southeast Asia, these brave men and women took an oath to protect us and our freedom and we should take the time to remember them as well.

Semper Fidelis, we honor you on this Independence Day.

"It is the function of the Navy to carry the war to the enemy so that it is not fought on U.S. soil." - Chester Nimitz, US Navy

#independenceday

#semperfidelis

#anchorsaweigh

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I am a VFW does that count lol I'm not MIA or POW but still.  Anyways happy 4th.  The blasted fireworks are bloody annoying.

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15 hours ago, torpsRus said:

I am a VFW does that count lol I'm not MIA or POW but still.  Anyways happy 4th.  The blasted fireworks are bloody annoying.

Any veteran is someone we should honor. Period. Despite what the media might say.

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