The Declaration of Independence

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Thomas Jefferson in 1776 drafted the Declaration of Independence

America’s most cherished enduring monument symbol of liberty

He spoke for the American people to whom this land was now owned

To have in writing, black and white the words for all nations to see


It is true he and Americans had mainly one place in mind to read

Yet it was set for us forever so there would never be any doubt

That Americans were not to be ran by a man changing the rules

If someone tried in any colony or state he would be thrown out!


Our government was not to be changed; if you can read; by any man

If one came in to cause destruction here is our right to stop him or them

It is our written right to alter or abolish for our happiness and our safety

It is our right and even our duty it says to not be destroyed on a whim

God bless the USA

As The Declaration speaks of the man that we then saved ourself from

It sounds much like today’s leader and leaders taking our rights away

Making a mockery of our nation and individual laws in states we live

This is proof; and even orders almost; to never give in to that evil day


Refusing to assent to our law what is necessary for the public good

Forbidding governors to pass laws of importance that he will not do

This man with absolute tyranny over states blocking their rules

Invading the rights of the citizens it seems is his only goal to do


I think we could be talking about either man; the one then and now

Even to protect murderers as in a special order to not discriminate

While citizens are being killed and law cannot ask for their ID, but ours

We had better listen to Jefferson I think before it is much too late

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On July 2, South Carolina reversed its position and voted for independence. In the Pennsylvania delegation, Dickinson and Robert Morris abstained, allowing the delegation to vote three-to-two in favor of independence. The tie in the Delaware delegation was broken by the timely arrival of Caesar Rodney, who voted for independence. The New York delegation abstained once again, since they were still not authorized to vote for independence, although they would be allowed to do so by the New York Provincial Congress a week later.[71] The resolution of independence had been adopted with twelve affirmative votes and one abstention. With this, the colonies had officially severed political ties with Great Britain.[72] In a now-famous letter written to his wife on the following day, John Adams predicted that July 2 would become a great American holiday.[73] Adams thought that the vote for independence would be commemorated; he did not foresee that Americans—including himself—would instead celebrate Independence Day on the date that the announcement of that act was finalized.[74]

After voting in favor of the resolution of independence, Congress turned its attention to the committee's draft of the declaration. Over several days of debate, Congress made a few changes in wording and deleted nearly a fourth of the text, most notably a passage critical of the slave trade, changes that Jefferson resented.[75] On July 4, 1776, the wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved and sent to the printer for publication. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Declaration_of_Independence

There are too many questions and not enough answers all around

Although neither way looks promising it sure has never been this bad

With a leader preventing us from our rights pretending everything is fine

While we get closer to destruction in the most dangerous time we've had



This declaration of independence makes it clear how it should be here

No one has the right to tell us in America we are not the ones to decide

None have the right to say no to our decisions and ones we better make soon

Quickly we must stand together; it is certain that apart we are sure to divide



Certainly everyone can see we have major problems we must address now

What better time than this time with this declaration day telling us it is so right

To take our country back and live by rules that have made us envy of the world

No matter how we do it we must join strong together willing to give all for the fight

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Declaration of Independence

Rights for citizens

The U.S. Constitution established America’s national government and fundamental laws, and guaranteed certain basic rights for its citizens. It was signed on September 17, 1787, by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, presided over by George Washington. Under America’s first governing document, the Articles of Confederation, the national government was weak and states operated like independent countries. At the 1787 convention, delegates devised a plan for a stronger federal government with three branches–executive, legislative and judicial–along with a system of checks and balances to ensure no single branch would have too much power. The Bill of Rights–10 amendments guaranteeing basic individual protections such as freedom of speech and religion–became part of the Constitution in 1791. To date, there have been a total of 27 constitutional amendments. http://www.history.com/topics/constitution

What happened to these men?

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. http://www.constitution.org/bio/fate_of_signers.htm

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Writer David 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

Polly,

Beautiful poem. You certainly have talent. I worry if the next generation will even have to study about the Founding Fathers in their history classes.

I'm not sure why HP continues to harrass you. Maybe you should contact them and ask what exactly are you doing wrong. The Declaration of Independence belongs to all Americans. How can they worry about duplicate content in this regard? My uncle's letters are also duplicate content. Why have they not canned my Letters Home series? I don't know.


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US Author

Oh I imagine it is Mickie and his great friends christian friends flagging me, hubpages hasn't thrown me off yet and I have had enough to say about them so that is all I can imagine. Of course I will see in my email all new to follow me and when I look here, there might be one added. It's just a hassle is all; I get tired of. I am looking don't worry. A next generation I just don't see David,not of this world as we know it, honestly. Thank you for reading, I appreciate it.


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wayseeker 5 years ago from Colorado

This poem brings forward some very important truths that have become obscured by time. The Declaration is still the foundation of our society, and we must always be on guard with every decision made. If the declaration falls, that is the time when our society will crumble.

Thanks for bringing this forward!


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US Author

Thank you wayseeker, I found it very interesting to read, it really is by and for the people and it says the people are to decide, they cannot even tax us unless we agree to be it says and it is very simple to read and understand. It is absolutely individuals state rights to protect themselves and who but a crook would go against us protecting ourselves? Even the ignorant cling ons should see that! I keep repeated I voted for Obama and I now admit it was the biggest mistake of my life, that man is friends of our enemies, he rubs elbows with terrorists, he is our death sentence waiting to happen. Again, thank you for stopping by.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

Polly - That was wonderfully written. The US Constitution has been used as a model by many nations wish to set up a democracy. Not once in the reading though will you find the word democracy. This nation is a Republic of sovereign states.

The role of the federal government is intended to be a "limited" role. It's written right there for anyone to read. We now see what we see which IMHO is approaching tyranny once again.

The federal apparatus wants to guide our every move, tell us what we can or cannot eat, what we can grow or cannot, how our children are to be educated (poorly by what I am seeing) and tax us without adequate representation.

The current administration should red flag people. It would if the people bothered to read. The latest move by the progressives is to consider having Obama bypass Congress in raising the debt ceiling using the 14th Amendment. He should be advised, if he pursues that course of action, that the US Constitution also has procedures in effect that allow for removal of the chief executive of this nation.

I read a lot of what you wrote between the lines there. Excellent Polly. In fact superb.

The Frog


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US Author

Thank you Frog, I appreciate people who can read and who do care. I don't see how most just sit back and wait for destruction. The least they could do is have a voice. you are a great voice Frog and you please keep it up too! Being chicken is not going to save them but I believe I did read they can sell their soul to the devil in order to live a couple years more...if that. It's in that book where God talks about living in sin that they don't read; where everyone does not go to Heaven and we do not hold hands with the enemy. If people really studied they would know exactly what is going on here. OK. enough said, I am even writing between the lines now! lol


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Well said Pollyannalana, and very nice. GBY dear heart.


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US Author

Thank you stars! GBY!


sofia 3 years ago

this is beautiful


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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US Author

Thank you sofia. very much.


sofia mulleneaux U.S 3 years ago

Ilove this pome it is wonderful i cante believe this it gaves me this courage I REALLYLOVE THIS


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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US Author

Thank you. Really glad you do.


tommy 3 years ago

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Seriyo 3 years ago

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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US Author

There is nothing like the real America. Blessed by God, until we got a Godless man.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

I do wonder how long this will go one. Will this change or only get worse?

If only people will get out and vote, unless that is taken away from us.


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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US Author

If you are right it just may be, I certainly fear it. It is as if everyone acts blind. If we are aware of this you know higher ups are, why aren't they doing something?


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas

You have used the medium of poetry very effectively to highlight our current problem. One does not have to think too long to realize that one rotten apple in the form of Obama quickly threatens the welfare of all the apples in the barrel. There has never been aired corrupt and I'll-intentioned holder of the office and likely never will be. He occupies the office on the back of apathy, voter fraud, political correctness,and the false supposition that to not elect him is rooted in racial paranoia. America has made a near-fatal mistake. ~WB


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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US Author

Thank you Wayne, and my guess it is a little closer than near. I am not sure we can back out of this one and no one knowing more than we do seem to be giving him the shove out he deserves and all the responsibility for the awful mess.


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wba108@yahoo.com 21 months ago from upstate, NY

"Thomas Jefferson in 1776 drafted the Declaration of Independence

America’s most cherished enduring monument symbol of liberty"

It is sobering to look at the world and realize how rare is the liberty we take for granted and to realize the high price that is paid for it. To allow Obama and his ink to destroy it without a fight speaks of cowardliness. We can't allow it to happen on our watch.

Many have been lulled into complacency and fooled into believing that "government knows best". This is how tyranny gets a foothold. Its "We the People" not "We the Government". It would behoove us to be Vigilant lest our freedoms be taken from us.


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Pollyannalana 21 months ago from US Author

Yes I wonder too how one man has just walked in and taken over and no one says a word or does a thing? I hope we are going to see some action now the republicans have control so to speak. So far though they seem to be giving him a blank check and we the people can't even look at the books. I have a feeling it is going to get much worse and I hope I am so wrong.


Hannah 20 months ago

Times are chnnaigg for the better if I can get this online!


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Pollyannalana 20 months ago from US Author

Well not too many see the need but there are a few of us give it all the tries we can. Much is said here too with pictures. lol

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