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 ....
Declaration of Independence of the United States of America
Signing of the Declaration of Independence - courtesy of Smithosian Institute
4th of July Facts
3. Three presidents have died on July 4: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe.
"The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon." ~ George Washington
"But if the laws are to be so trampled upon with impunity, and a minority is to dictate to the majority, there is an end put at one stroke to republican government, and nothing but anarchy and confusion is to be expected thereafter." ~ George Washington
"Do not let anyone claim tribute of American patriotism if they even attempt to remove religion from politics." ~ George Washington