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Declaration of Independence gives you the right to overthrow your government

"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." - Declaration of Independence, JULY 4, 1776

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  • Anemicjayhawk 2013/01/12 07:35:26
    Anemicjayhawk
    +12
    While it may be true our president did win by popular vote a lot of Americans are ignorant or don't care enough to really do any research. However the Declaration states we have the right to overthrow the government in such instances were they are abusing the power we the people entitle them to have. While it is true it may seem like our government is bending us over we should look deeper into the situation. Remember in school when your class had to agree on one thing and how hard it was to reach an agreement? Well now imagine multiplying that by three, four, or how many ever times, Americans are so quick to blame the president even though he can't act alone he has to go through congress to get anything done. So if you don't like the way things are get off your ass and get more involved in your local politics and actually get someone into office who will do what needs to be done for the better of the people and not for the better of his/her wallet.

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  • Scott Brogan 2013/07/06 16:17:15
    Scott Brogan
    +1
    Probably the best quote since the establishment of United States of America protecting the people from Tyranny and corruption. Our forefathers were very intelligent men that had our best interests at heart. It's too bad that our current government has done a complete 180 to look after their own interests and abolish freedom. I pray for a government that hold these ideals to heart the way our forefathers did and stands up for the American people. This republican democrat miss America pageant disgusts me to no end. I could care less about a persons past, it's about whether they have learned from their mistakes and have decided to dedicate their lives to the ideal of freedom and justice. No corruption, no lies, no greed, just pure intentions. We need to get rid of congress, get rid of the senate and start fresh. I love you America, but I fear for the direction we're headed.
  • Anemicjayhawk 2013/01/12 07:35:26
    Anemicjayhawk
    +12
    While it may be true our president did win by popular vote a lot of Americans are ignorant or don't care enough to really do any research. However the Declaration states we have the right to overthrow the government in such instances were they are abusing the power we the people entitle them to have. While it is true it may seem like our government is bending us over we should look deeper into the situation. Remember in school when your class had to agree on one thing and how hard it was to reach an agreement? Well now imagine multiplying that by three, four, or how many ever times, Americans are so quick to blame the president even though he can't act alone he has to go through congress to get anything done. So if you don't like the way things are get off your ass and get more involved in your local politics and actually get someone into office who will do what needs to be done for the better of the people and not for the better of his/her wallet.
  • Peter M... Anemicj... 2013/05/07 21:05:37
    Peter McGettrick
    We are the company we keep, and look at the appointed scumbags he calls a cabinet
  • Marten Hoyle 2012/07/19 00:57:09
    Marten Hoyle
    +4
    I
    Actually...the quote runs thusly:
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, Government are instituted among men, deriving their powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of those ends, it is the right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute new Government….”
    --Declaration of Independence.
  • sue 2010/07/05 08:39:19
    sue
    +1
    I would like to know what you think are the "abuses and usurpation" of our current administration, the president of which was elected by the majority of Americans. Such melodrama. If you want him out, vote him out. It's not like he's actually a monarch.
  • disinter sue 2010/07/05 15:26:11
    disinter
    +2
    The current admin is not even mentioned. These words were written 200 years ago. Pull your head out of your ass.
  • sue disinter 2010/07/05 15:50:19
    sue
    +1
    Obviously, it's not expressly mentioned. Why pull out that quote if it wasn't some kind of threat? Plus with the title, that the declaration gives people the right to overthrow the government (which is not technically true, since this right is not afforded under the constitution which is our governing document). What point did you intend to convey?
  • disinter sue 2010/07/05 15:52:39
    disinter
    +1
    The same point that was intended back then. Are you paranoid?
  • sue disinter 2010/07/05 15:56:42
    sue
    +1
    Why post that particular line? WHy not the more poetic, "we hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal..."?
  • disinter sue 2010/07/05 15:57:38 (edited)
    disinter
    +1
    Because I am anti-government.

    Are you retarded, or do you just play stupid?
  • sue disinter 2010/07/05 16:20:09
    sue
    +1
    I just don't understand people that say stuff like that. Do you not use interstate highways? Did you not attend public school, or use public transportation, or eat safe food or fly on a plane or drive a safe car, or use telephones or the internet?

    How is a person that uses any of this stuff able to really be "anti-government"?
  • disinter sue 2010/07/05 18:27:18
  • sue disinter 2010/07/05 21:27:33
    sue
    +1
    You are really quite rude. There were many private roads in the early days of the united states and it caused a lot of problems and interfered with the transporation of goods.
  • disinter sue 2010/07/06 01:58:12
    disinter
    Funny, where I live they are privatizing most roads and it transportation is actually better (better quality roads, traffic moves better).
  • sue disinter 2010/07/06 06:26:31
    sue
    +1
    Well, lucky you. I used to live in KY and they built a big parkway -- nobody used it because you had to pay a toll. It was great to drive on, but I'm sure they ended up begging the state to take it over. I never saw another car.

    Do you also pay your own police force?
  • disinter sue 2010/07/06 06:40:39
    disinter
    Try educating yourself:
    http://democracysucks.wordpre...
  • sue disinter 2010/07/06 06:51:35
    sue
    +1
    That's all very cute. I think you should try going somewhere where the government really doesn't pay for much. I have lived in countries where people without licenses drive all over potholed streets and have accidents at rates you would not believe. Of course they don't wear seatbelts and a lot of the cars are really old, so the fatality rate is higher.

    Public education is not available in a meaningful way, so many people can't read. That means you can't get decent help in a store or a restaurant, and as a business owner, you can't find employees who can do what you need.

    Of course there are some neighborhoods that are very nice: private blacktopped roads, private guards, and the kids go to private schools and have people to run errands for them, since the stores are manned by illiterates. But, I have to tell you, unless you want to live like a hermit in the gated community, it's not the best way.

    Buildings are built without licenses, so you never know if what you are living in is safe. There is no consumer protection, so if you are permanently made blind by a glass of local scotch, too bad. I guess the taxes are low, but it doesn't make up for the generally low quality of life.
  • disinter sue 2010/07/06 16:07:21
  • sue disinter 2010/07/06 17:37:42
    sue
    It's sad you think that qualifies as education. You should get out more.
  • disinter sue 2010/07/06 17:42:18

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