Independence Day

Jul 3, 2013 Issues: Constitutional Issues

Dear Friends,

I wanted to send you a quick note to wish you and your family a Happy Independence Day.
On July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers risked treason to sign the Declaration of Independence. Some felt the need to sign because they were fed up with the tyranny imposed by King George. Others were inspired by the dream of forming a new nation filled with the promise of self determination. But what bound all of our Founding Fathers together was a thirst for freedom.
It was in that spirit of freedom that the Declaration of Independence was written. These profound words helped form a new nation, and inspired generations of patriots to fight for the defense of liberty.
Below is a copy of the preamble of this sacred document. I’d urge you to join me in sharing these words with the next generation.
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Blessings and Liberty,

Jeff Duncan
Member of Congress


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.