Happy Independence Day!

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.

76 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!
Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “Happy Independence Day!”

  • WW6L:

    too bad that through the generations, the various interpreters of that text confused the meaning of the word “men” with “white”, “male”, etc.

  • Jason VE3MAL:

    Sorry to say, WW6L, but “white male” is almost certainly what they meant. Remember that racism and sexism were pretty much entirely unquestioned at the time (note that these same people didn’t allow blacks or women to directly participate in instituting the new government). The authors were not saints, but fallible men of their time. That’s not to discredit them, rather the opposite: they had conflicts and fears about the future as do you and I, but they put those aside and stood up against the injustices of the day, and felt compelled to question the dogma their rulers used to assert their power. Their ability to step past their own faults and stand up for what’s right should be an immeasurable inspiration for those of us who want to do the same in our own generation.

  • Joe ws4r:

    WOW Jason. So very well said. I salute you.

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