Posted by 04 July 2019
We at VoteSpotter are wishing you a happy Independence Day. The United States turns 243 years old today, and that is a cause for celebration.
Whatever your plans are for today, it's always good to consider the reason for the holiday. A great way to do this is to read the Declaration of Independence and ponder the meaning behinds its words:
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.
Take a few minutes today to read the whole document and think about the situation facing the Founding Fathers when they wrote these words. Thanks to their actions and the timeless principles of the Declaration of Independence, we are able to continue enjoying our representative form of government centuries after our nation was created.