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When Americans Understood the Declaration of Independence

• lewrockwell by Thomas J. DiLorenzo
 Americans did not always attend church services on the Sunday before the Fourth of July to "honor" their "military heroes" and pray that they may kill many more human beings in other countries that have done them no harm. Americans once actually read and understood the Declaration of Independence for what it was: a declaration of secession from the British empire and a roadmap for opposing a highly centralized, militaristic empire of the sort the U.S. government has become.

The Declaration of Independence was the ultimate secessionist or states’ rights document. "Governments are instituted among men," Thomas Jefferson wrote, for the sole purpose of securing God-given, "unalienable" rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Moreover, governments derive "their just powers from the consent of the governed" and nowhere else.

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Comment by Ana Panot
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The title of this article should have been: "When Some Angry Americans Want To Declare Their Independence From The Federal Government." But then this is too long. Maybe just shorten it to read: Declaration of Independence From the Lunatic Fringe. They mean the same.


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