History,  Stateside

From the Vaults: United States Declaration of Independence, 1776

In 1776 the United States declared their independence. Part of the Declaration of Independence was an attack on King George III, and this I shall ignore. But there is a passage towards the beginning of the declaration that I have always admired. This passage is learned and can be recited by heart by many Americans and also by some who are not American. I copy this passage below:

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.

Some may wonder what I am doing republishing such a well known text. My response is simple: the passage is simply brilliant and I feel that on occasion we should all re-read these fine words.