News of the Week for July 5th, 2015
Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America
WHEN in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.
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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. 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. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the present King of Great- Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.
The question of whether the U.K. will stay with the European Union or not will (hopefully) rest with the voters of the U.K.. Here are some debates that might illuminate not only the British, but the world at large as to the arguments:
An agender pansexual wtfromantic/nebularomantic Gaelic Polytheist “woodland spirit” who has ADHD (with dyscalcula), MDD, GAD, and goes by the name of “Journey” wants to let the world know how special of a little snowflake she* is:
“I love this generation so much we went through shit like drug scares and eating disorders and being punks and emos and self harmers and depressed and suicidal and now now now you start to see all these flower crowns and pastels and it’s like we’re all slowly slowly healing and growing up and it’s s obeautiful we’re all taking selfies and coming into our own and we’re all scared but we’re all here for each other and we’re unlearning inter-community hate and we’re all just such nice girls and boys and everything else we’re stars and flowers and fae and sunshine and we care about the world and we are just s obeautiful and powerful and new”
Methinks that she* forgot about the lollipops and rainbows…
“The Netherlands is one of few countries in the world where euthanasia is permitted for terminally ill patients.
“But the Dutch Paediatric Association said that existing laws do not go far enough and called for an age limit to be scrapped.
“Under current laws, only those aged 12 and over can ask to die. ‘We feel that an arbitrary age limit such as 12 should be changed,’ said Eduard Verhagen, professor of paediatrics at Groningen University, and a member of the association’s ethics committee.”
Children can not consent to a myriad number of things, yet they are expected to be able to make a sane and sober minded life and death decision… even if they are a toddler?