(click to enlarge)
(more readable text)
" Drafted by Thomas Jefferson
between June 11 and June 28, 1776,
the Declaration of Independence is at once
the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty
and Jefferson's most enduring monument.
Here, in exalted and unforgettable phrases,
Jefferson expressed the convictions
in the minds and hearts of the American people.
The political philosophy of the Declaration was not new;
its ideals of individual liberty
had already been expressed by John Locke
and the Continental philosophers.
What Jefferson did was to summarize this philosophy
in "self-evident truths"
and set forth a list of grievances
against the King
in order to justify before the world
the breaking of ties between the colonies
and the mother country. "
Source: The Charters of Freedom website.
Declaration of Independence
Bumped. Originally posted 2008-06-20 13:13:50 -0500.
Posted simultaneously on ePluribus Media, DailyKos, Docudharma and Below Boston.
There are words that comprise paper tigers and those which ignite fires; some words are worth fighting to protect, others are not.
Some words forge new nations and ideals amid the forge-fires of conflict, while others are relegated to the dustbins of history as naught but a footnote at most.
There are words, on the page following, which have worth that appears to vary across the depth and breadth of the nation today. Once -- long ago, perhaps -- they were words that could inspire and entice the people of a nation to do great things. Now, however, their fate appears uncertain. I ask, fellow netizens, just one simple question: Whither the words necessary to marshal a hue and cry of outrage and demand for restoration, restitution and accountability?
Earlier today, I posted a piece on ePluribus Media's community site entitled Comparison and Contrast: Privacy and Violation of Human Rights. While I crossposted the opening to the piece on DailyKos and DocuDharma, the only the version published on ePluribus Media contained excerpts toward the end of relevant passages from the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights.