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Friday, July 04, 2008

"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. "

Our most important right is the right to vote. To change what we do not like. Throughout history, Democracy had not worked. It always dissolved into something different - Emperors and Kings ruled. Our Founding Fathers themselves were very fearful that it still would not work. If they were here today, I'm sure they would be amazed. They may be disappointed at somethings - maybe our elected officials do not always govern with the consent of the people. But ultimately, the power in this country is still where the Founding Fathers knew it should be - with WE THE PEOPLE.

No matter how flawed our Founding Fathers were, they all had the same vision. A country where people can practice whatever religion they want, hold whatever jobs they want, make as much money as they want, without government interference.

And they fought to make that happen. And almost everyone who fought in the Revolutionary War lost everything to make sure that it happened.

The price of Freedom will always be high. But the preservation of Freedom will always be worth it.

35 cats hollering back:

Derby said...

Happy 4th of July Sammy, Miles, Biily and Meezer Mom & Dad.

Our newsy paper always reprints the full Declaration of Independence in the paper. Mum read the whole thing. Gotta remember why we are here!

Gandalf & Grayson said...

Happy Independence Day, Miles, Sammy, Billy, Meezer Mom & Dad! This country may not be perfect but it's pretty good!

Mo said...

Great post!
Happy Independence Day!
from all the Purries at
Purrchance To Dream
and Not The Mama, too!

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

Happy 4th of July! :)

Parker said...

That was a great post you guys!
We are proud to be American kitties!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i love your post for this, my favorite of holidays!!! hope y'all get a hotdog today!!!

smiles, auntie bee

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...


Renee said...

Happy Independence Day!

Cheysuli and gemini said...




It is not only our right but our responsibility to speak up and make our concerns heard as good citizens as WE THE PEOPLE are the government of our country.

The Furry Kids said...

Awesome post!
Happy 4th of July to you guys!

Daisy said...

Happy Independence Day!

Junior said...

Happy 4th of July! Love the graphic!

Thanks for the well wishes and purrs while I was feeling sick! they helped Meowm and I tons!


T'Abby Normal said...

Happy 4th! Hope you are having a fun and safe holiday.

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

Amen furriends! Our beloved country is so lucky to have the FREEDOM it has! Sammy, Miles, Billy and Mom, we hope you have a very Happy Independence Day.
Sabrina, Sam, Simon and Momma Jan

Angus Mhor said...

Let Freedom Ring! Today, I remember.

Fat Eric said...

Happy Independence Day to all my American friends!

Fat Eric

(waving a Union Jack!)

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Happy Independence day to us!

Mickey said...

HAPPY 4th of JULY!!
Hope you have fun!!!

Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

The Cat Realm said...

Happy 4th of July! We hope you are having a great party and good food!

Gandalf & Grayson said...

We have a surprise for you at our blog, boys!!

zevo hussein calamari said...

Amen! Thanks for singing backups with our friend John Prine!

walks away singing" it's a half an inch of water and you think you're gonna drown....that's the way that the world goes round................"

Lux said...

I hope you had a great Independence Day!

Forty Paws said...


Luf, Us

DaisyMae Maus said...

Happy Independence Day to you all, too!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Wow, you guys are really smart!

Hope you had a happy 4th.

Artsy Catsy said...

Thank you for visiting us after our lo-o-o-ng absence, guys! We hope you had a wonderful July 4th ... our doofus humans spent the day painting a room, and they're still working on it.

Rocky & staff

Skittles, The Huntress said...

Very wise words. Sammy, Miles, and Billy you are all very eloquent.

Perhaps you would like Cabinet posts in my administration when I am elected POTUS.

Skittles, The Huntress

THE ZOO said...

Happy Four of July.

Skeeter, LC, and Ayla said...

Great post! That votin stuff seems REAL important. When do WE start gettin ta vote of stuff here? There is 3 of us an just 1 The Big Thing, so we should make the food decisions and such.

[The Big Thing: OK, buy yer own food an clean yer litterboxes]

Uh, OK, ya make a good point...

The Devil Dog said...

Happy Fourth! You are exactly right about democracy and the founding fathers. For over two hundred years we have had the peaceful transition of power. That is truly amazing.


HotMBC said...

It was furry nice snuggling wif yoo and playing for Indypendance day, Miles. I bet yore Mommy didn't efun notiss. hehehe
Hope efurry one hadded a grate one!
Purrrrrrrrs and nosekissies,
yore girlfriendcat Sanjee

Kimo & Sabi said...

Happy weekend! Fanks fer helpin' clean up after da par-tay!

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

Hope it was a great Independence Day for you!

~ The Bunch

TT said...

I hopes your 4th was greats!

FrecklesandDeb said...

Hope you all had a great 4th of July! That was a wonderful post...made us proud to be Americans.

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