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“THE GREATEST REVOLUTION that has ever taken place IN THE WORLD’S
38-year-old King George III ruled the largest empire that planet
earth had ever seen.
The Declaration of Independence, approved JULY 4, 1776, listed
the reasons why Americans declared their independence from the
“He has made judges dependent on his will alone…
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither
swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their
He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies…
To subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution…
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us…
For imposing taxes on us without our consent…
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of trial by
For…establishing…an arbitrary government…
For…altering fundamentally the forms of our governments…
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
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…”
33-year-old Thomas Jefferson’s original rough draft of the
Declaration contained a line condemning slavery:
“He has waged cruel war against human nature itself…in the
persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and
carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur
miserable death in their transportation thither…
suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain
this execrable commerce determining to keep open a market where MEN
should be bought and sold.”
A few delegates objected, and since the Declaration needed to
pass unanimously and time was running short with the British
invading New York, the line condemning slavery was unfortunately
John Hancock, the 39-year-old President of the Continental
Congress, signed the Declaration first, reportedly saying “the
price on my head has just doubled.”
Next to sign was Secretary, Charles Thomson, age 47.
70-year-old Benjamin Franklin said:
“We must hang together or most assuredly we shall hang
The Declaration referred to God:
“Laws of Nature and of NATURE’S GOD…
All Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their
CREATOR with certain unalienable Rights…
Appealing to the SUPREME JUDGE OF THE WORLD for the rectitude of
“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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Many of the 56 signers sacrificed their prosperity for their
Of the Signers:
11 had their homes destroyed;
5 were hunted and captured;
17 served in the military; and
9 died during the war.
27-year-old George Walton signed, and at the Battle of Savannah
was wounded and captured.
Signers Edward Rutledge, age 27, Thomas Heyward, Jr., age 30,
and Arthur Middleton, age 34, were made prisoners at the Siege of
38-year-old signer Thomas Nelson had his home used as British
headquarters during the siege of Yorktown. Nelson reportedly
offered five guineas to the first man to hit his house.
Signer Carter Braxton, age 40, lost his fortune during the
42-year-old signer Thomas McKean wrote that he was “hunted like
a fox by the enemy, compelled to remove my family five times in
46-year-old Richard Stockton signed and was dragged from his bed
at night and jailed.
50-year-old signer Lewis Morris had his home taken and used as a
50-year-old signer Abraham Clark had two sons tortured and
imprisoned on the British starving ship Jersey.
More Americans died on British starving ships than died in
battle during the Revolution.
53-year-old signer John Witherspoon’s son, James, was killed in
the Battle of Germantown.
60-year-old signer Philip Livingston lost several properties to
British occupation and died before the war ended.
63-year-old signer Francis Lewis had his wife imprisoned and
treated so harshly, she died shortly after her release.
65-year-old signer John Hart had his home looted and had to
remain in hiding, dying before the war ended.
41-year-old John Adams wrote to his wife of the Declaration:
“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding
generations, as the great anniversary Festival.
It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by SOLEMN
ACTS OF DEVOTION TO GOD ALMIGHTY.
It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews,
games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one End
of this Continent to the other from this time forward forever
Gustave de Beaumont, a contemporary of Alexis de Tocqueville,
wrote in Marie ou L’Esclavage aux E’tas-Unis, 1835:
“I have seen a meeting of the Senate in Washington open with a
prayer, and the anniversary festival of the Declaration of
Independence consists, in the United States, of an entirely
John Adams continued in his letter to his wife:
“You will think me transported with enthusiasm but I am not.
I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure, that it will
cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these
Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light
and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the
And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even
although we should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”
When 54-year-old Samuel Adams signed the Declaration, he
“We have this day restored THE SOVEREIGN to whom all men ought
to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the
setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.”
34-year-old James Wilson signed the Declaration. He later signed
the Constitution and was appointed to Supreme Court by George
Washington. James Wilson stated in 1787:
“After a period of 6,000 years since creation, the United States
exhibit to the world THE FIRST INSTANCE of a nation…assembling
voluntarily…and deciding…that system of government under which they
and their posterity should live.”
Senator Daniel Webster stated in 1802:
“Miracles do not cluster, and what has HAPPENED ONCE IN 6,000
YEARS, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if
the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy
throughout the world.”
John Jay was President of the Continental Congress, 1778-1779,
and later nominated by George Washington to be the First Chief
Justice of Supreme Court. John Jay wrote in 1777:
“The Americans are THE FIRST PEOPLE whom Heaven has favored with
an opportunity of…choosing the forms of government under which they
should live. All other constitutions have derived their existence
from violence or accidental circumstances.”
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Yale President Ezra Stiles, 1788:
“All the forms of civil polity have been tried by mankind,
except one: and that seems to have been reserved in Providence to
be realized in America.”
At the time of the Revolutionary War, nearly every other country
on Earth was ruled by a king.
Dr. Pat Robertson wrote in America’s Dates with Destiny,
“On September 17, 1787, the day our Constitution was signed, the
absolute monarch Ch’ien Lung, emperor of the Manchu (or Ch’ing)
Dynasty, reigned supreme over the people of China…Revolts were put
down by ruthless military force.
In Japan the shogun (warriors) of the corrupt Tokugawa
chamberlain Tanuma Okitsugu exercised corrupt and totalitarian
authority over the Japanese.
In India, Warren Hastings, the British Governor of Bengal, had
successfully defeated the influence of the fragmented Mogul
dynasties that ruled India since 1600.
Catherine II was the enlightened despot of all the Russias.
Joseph II was the emperor of Austria, Bohemia and Hungary.
For almost half a century, Frederick the Great had ruled
Louis XVI sat uneasily on his throne in France just years away
from revolution, a bloody experiment in democracy, and the new
tyranny of Napoleon Bonaparte.
A kind of a constitutional government had been created in the
Netherlands in 1579 by the Protestant Union of Utrecht, but that
constitution was really a loose federation of the northern
provinces for a defense against Catholic Spain…
What was happening in America had no real precedent, even as far
back as the city-states of Greece.
The only real precedent was established thousands of years
before by the tribes of Israel in the covenant with God and with
President Theodore Roosevelt stated in 1903:
“In NO other place and at NO other time has the experiment of
government of the PEOPLE, by the PEOPLE, for the PEOPLE, been tried
on so vast a scale as here in our own country.”
President Calvin Coolidge stated in 1924:
“The history of government on this earth has been almost
entirely…rule of force held in the HANDS OF A FEW. Under our
Constitution, America committed itself to power in the HANDS OF THE
America is a republic where THE PEOPLE get to rule themselves.
If an American disrespects the flag, what that person is in effect
saying is that they no longer want to be king. They want someone
else to rule their life – which is the definition of slavery.
Ronald Reagan opened the Ashbrook Center, Ashland, Ohio, May 9,
“From their own harsh experience with intrusive, overbearing
government, the Founding Fathers made a great breakthrough in
They understood that it is the excesses of government, the will
to power of one man over another, that has been a principle source
of injustice and human suffering through the ages.
The Founding Fathers understood that only by MAKING GOVERNMENT
THE SERVANT, not the master, only by positing SOVEREIGNTY in THE
PEOPLE and not the state can we hope to protect freedom and see the
political commonwealth prosper.
In 1776 the source of government excess was the crown’s abuse of
power and its attempt to suffocate the colonists with its
overbearing demands. In our own day, the danger of too much state
power has taken a subtler but no less dangerous form.”
John Adams wrote in his notes on A Dissertation on Canon &
Feudal Law, 1765:
“I always consider the settlement of America…as the opening of a
grand scene and design in Providence for…the emancipation of the
slavish part of mankind all over the earth.”
Franklin Roosevelt stated in 1939:
“Rulers…increase their power over the common men. The seamen
they sent to find gold found instead the way of escape for the
common man from those rulers…
What they found over the Western horizon was not the silk and
jewels of Cathay…but MANKIND’S SECOND CHANCE – a chance to create a
new world after he had almost spoiled an old one…
The Almighty seems purposefully to have withheld that SECOND
CHANCE until the time when men would most need and appreciate
Ronald Reagan stated 1961:
“In this country of ours took place THE GREATEST REVOLUTION that
has ever taken place IN THE WORLD’S HISTORY – Every other
revolution simply exchanged one set of rulers for another…
Here for THE FIRST TIME in all the THOUSANDS OF YEARS of man’s
relation to man…the founding fathers established the idea that you
and I had within ourselves the GOD-GIVEN RIGHT AND ABILITY to
DETERMINE OUR OWN DESTINY.”
British Edwardian writer G.K. Chesterton stated in “What is
“America is the ONLY NATION IN THE WORLD that is founded on
creed. That creed is set forth…in the Declaration of
that all men are equal in their claim to justice, that
governments exist to give them that justice…
It certainly does condemn…atheism, since it clearly names the
CREATOR as the ultimate authority from whom these equal rights are
Calvin Coolidge stated July 5, 1926:
“THE PRINCIPLES…which went into the Declaration of Independence…
are found in… THE SERMONS… of the early colonial clergy…
They preached equality because they believed in the fatherhood
of God and the brotherhood of man. They justified freedom by the
text that we are all created in the Divine image.”
Henry Cabot Lodge, who filled the role of the first Senate
Majority Leader, warned the U.S. Senate in 1919:
“The United States is the world’s best hope… Beware how you
trifle with your marvelous inheritance… for if we stumble and fall,
freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin.”
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