West Suburban Patriots

an independent Tea Party group in DuPage County, IL

From Illinois Tea Party


Declaration of Independence

On July 4 concerned citizens gathered to challenge an out of control, tyrannical despot who taxed them without adequate representation, threatened their religious freedom and denied them their individual liberty. Our question to you: What year do you believe we're talking about?

While you are spending your day with your friends and family, find a moment to read the Declaration of Independence today. When you read it, please take note of the passages that are still relevant today, for instance:

The history of....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.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.....
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world...

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent...

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us....

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers...
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.....

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States....

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


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Comment by jan s on July 4, 2012 at 1:12pm

The Declaration of Independence, the founding document of the United States of America, was adopted on July 4, 1776. The one and only man who signed the Declaration on July 4 was John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress at the time. Most of the 56 signers of the document actually signed it in August. Furthermore, the names of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were withheld from the public for more than six months to protect the signers. After all, they were guilty of "treason" and had Independence not been successful, they would have been punished by death.

Punished by death. We do not have to worry about such a fate for standing up for what we believe in. We have no excuse for not doing everything we can to make a difference in November.

Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence in under 3 weeks. What are you able to do in the next 4 months through the November election?

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