"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 to their future security."
Two hundred and thirty-six years ago, these words, among many, were scribed onto a piece of paper that later gave hope to thirteen suppressed colonies and became one of the backbones of a child-nation. Two hundred and thirty-six years ago, the people of these small colonies were crying out for a stop to a corrupt government and for a voice of their own. Two hundred and thirty-six years ago, a group of men gave their fellow men and women a voice and breathed life into a nation that would later become the United States of America.
Two hundred and thirty-six years later, our nation is being suppressed once again. Our government, that was once founded on the basis of democracy, has distanced itself from the Constitution; the single document that outlines our very rights from freedom of speech to freedom of religion. Time after time, we have sat back and watched as our government slowly took away our rights as citizens of this great nation. Well, I say the time has come to take to heart what our Founding Fathers penned so many years ago. It is time to stand up and take back our government regardless of age, creed, race, gender, or political party. It is time to say we have had ENOUGH!
Two hundred and thirty-six years from the date the Declaration of Independence was signed, the same battle is brewing under the surface. Only this time, instead of muskets and bayonets being used as weapons, the weapons of our time are the words we pen onto paper or over the Internet. Only this time, it is our very government who has to own up to the "long train of abuses and usurpations" it has imposed upon us. This is MY declaration of independence; an independence from a corrupt government bent upon slowly taking away the the very things that made this country what it is today. I am ready to take a stand...are you?
- "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of it's creed: "We hold these truths to self-evident that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be to the sit down together at the talbe of brother-hood...I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of character." -Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial
- "But when a long train of abuses and usurptions pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them uder absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards to their future security." -Declaration of Independence
- "There are no safe choices, Miss Temple. Only other choices." -A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
- "If you are a painter, paint. It doesn't mean you have to paint Jesus into every picture, just paint good. If you paint good enough, then people will aask why you do what you do." -Issac Slay; The Fray (on why the band doesn't use the name of Jesus in every song)