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One Nation Under God

Updated on September 6, 2014
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The author is an amateur artist and photographer that loves to travel with her husband of 35 years.

A Tribute to Americans across this Nation

One Nation Under God

This page was inspired by a painting by an incredible Artist, Jon McNaughton. I highly recommend you watch the video below to understand how deeply "One Nation Under God" has been in the hearts of Americans since the founding of our Great Country. His words touch the hearts of so many, so deeply, so heartfelt, that you can not help but feel emotions rise as you look at his painting and listen to his words.

One Nation Under God - Artist Jon McNaughton

I highly recommend watching the video below, as it will inspire and hopefully create an understanding.



Abraham Lincoln Second Inaugural Address Saturday, March 4, 1865

Abraham Lincoln Second Inaugural Address Saturday, March 4, 1865
Abraham Lincoln Second Inaugural Address Saturday, March 4, 1865

Abraham Lincoln Second Inaugural Address

Abraham Lincoln Second Inaugural Address
Abraham Lincoln Second Inaugural Address

Abraham Lincoln Second Inaugural Address - Saturday, March 4, 1865

Abraham Lincoln Second Inaugural Address
Abraham Lincoln Second Inaugural Address

How do you feel about "One Nation Under God"?

How do you feel about "One Nation Under God"?

The Declaration of Independence

Transcription from the national Archives

The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

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IN 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.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

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 harrass 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 affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

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 Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

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

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

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.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

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; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. 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.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1

Georgia:

Button Gwinnett

Lyman Hall

George Walton

Column 2

North Carolina:

William Hooper

Joseph Hewes

John Penn

South Carolina:

Edward Rutledge

Thomas Heyward, Jr.

Thomas Lynch, Jr.

Arthur Middleton

Column 3

Massachusetts:

John Hancock

Maryland:

Samuel Chase

William Paca

Thomas Stone

Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:

George Wythe

Richard Henry Lee

Thomas Jefferson

Benjamin Harrison

Thomas Nelson, Jr.

Francis Lightfoot Lee

Carter Braxton

Column 4

Pennsylvania:

Robert Morris

Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Franklin

John Morton

George Clymer

James Smith

George Taylor

James Wilson

George Ross

Delaware:

Caesar Rodney

George Read

Thomas McKean

Column 5

New York:

William Floyd

Philip Livingston

Francis Lewis

Lewis Morris

New Jersey:

Richard Stockton

John Witherspoon

Francis Hopkinson

John Hart

Abraham Clark

Column 6

New Hampshire:

Josiah Bartlett

William Whipple

Massachusetts:

Samuel Adams

John Adams

Robert Treat Paine

Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:

Stephen Hopkins

William Ellery

Connecticut:

Roger Sherman

Samuel Huntington

William

Signatures of our Founding Fathers on the Declaration of Independence

Signatures of our Founding Fathers on the Declaration of Independence
Signatures of our Founding Fathers on the Declaration of Independence

The Actual Declaration of Independence

The Actual Declaration of Independence
The Actual Declaration of Independence

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds 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.

The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds 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.

We the People - of the United States of America

we the people 1
we the people 1

What is it that we share as Americans?

We are one nation created under the belief of Our Creator, filled with a melting pot of unique individuals, forming what I consider a perfect harmony of freedom, caring, a love of our country and an appreciation for those that have paved the paths our lives travel before us.

These Historical Photos are on exhibit in the National Archives in Washington DC. - They depict the history of our Country.

We the People 2
We the People 2

These Historical Photos are on exhibit in the National Archives in Washington DC.

They depict the history of our Country.

The vast differences amongst our people - Each unique and beautiful in their own skin.

The vast differences amongst our people, each unique and beautiful in their own skin.

The historical photos represent those that have walked before us.

The historical photos represent those that have walked before us.

Many of us are descendants of these people. - Or Remember who they are.

Many of us are descendants of these people. Or Remember who they are.

We the People, we remember who they were, - But we also know who we are

We the People, we remember who they were, but we also know who we are.

We are Americans

We are Americans.

Thank you! - God Bless America

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for the beautiful lens

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      mrstwowheeljunkie 5 years ago

      This is an Amazing Lens!!! Thank you for sharing it!!!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      The painting is beautifully amazing! Deep sigh! I feel we are losing so much, every day.

      I can't help but respond to the guest immediately below, There is Only ONE True God! The Great Creator!

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      @anonymous: It's mostly the same God that all religions worship, they just believe in different things, all of the differences in the rules being man made of course. Islam is one big exception where they worship a prophet and unfortunately for the rest of the world they take the writings literally.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent lens and some great photos too. I would love to visit Washington DC. I had a chance several years ago when I was stuck in Dulles for 7 hours between flights, but by the time I realized I could have taken a bus into town it was too late. Blessings left.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Which god are you talking about? There are lots of them around. Even the christian god varies depending on the sect.

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      dustytoes 7 years ago

      What a gorgeous and heartfelt painting. I totally agree that the USA is one nation under God. God is the largest part of the way our country was founded and it has to stay that way. ...Thanks for making such a patriotic lens!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Amen! :D I hope tons of people will read this. Fantastic job!

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      kab 7 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I know I live in One Nation Under God!

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      Tonie Cook 7 years ago from USA

      People who came to the New World fleeing religious persecution knew when they arrived here that it was by the grace of God they made it here. To The Republic For Which It Stands, One Nation Under God.