“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.”
I tend to celebrate the ideas, rather than the government that does such a persistently mediocre job of embodying them.
And I read men (and even Men) = people, which some (many? most?) of the men who signed would surely not have done.
Who was my favorite student this term?
4 years ago