When In The Course Of Human Events

It's Independence Day in the U.S. and most if us in America are familiar with our Declaration of Independence and it's "self-evident truths" and "unalienable rights". However, when was the last time you read the entire document penned by Thomas Jefferson in 1776? Now, more than ever, it is imperative that you familiarize yourself with the original rationale for forging an independent, American nation.

Again, almost everyone can recite from memory most of this passage from the DoI:

"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's all well and good and what is described is certainly "self-evident". However, considering the times we live in:

  • Abject corruption by elected representatives in the legislative branch of government
  • Disregard of law and Constitution by leaders of the executive branch of government
  • Willingness to amend and create new law by the judicial branch of government
  • Unlawful suppression of liberty and individual rights by the "bureaucratic branch of government"
  • Complete capture and propagandizement of the "media branch of government"

I believe that it is imperative that you read today the rest of the Declaration of Independence. Why? Perhaps you should review the rationale for revolution, laid out by Thomas Jefferson 239 years ago as the colonies were being held captive by a earlier, similarly tyrannical and despotic form of government (personal emphasis added):

"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."

True in 1776. Still true in 2015.


Full Declaration found here: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html And reprinted below:

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 harass 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 benefit 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 British 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.

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

More excellent background information on The Declaration and its signers can be found here: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/pages/static/my_father_s_speech


J Siefert's picture


Independence Day!

Barfly's picture

John Hancock

First and large so that blind limey runt can read it.

Orange's picture


: Greek Bailout - international finance Greek style.

It is a slow day in a little Greek Village.

The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.

On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the village, stops at the local hotel and lays a ¤100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one room in which to spend the night.

The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the ¤100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

The butcher takes the ¤100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer.

The pig farmer takes the ¤100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel.

The guy at the Farmers' Co-op takes the ¤100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the taverna.

The publican slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him "services" on credit.

The hooker then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the ¤100 note.

The hotel proprietor then places the ¤100 note back on the counter so the rich German will not suspect anything.

At that moment the German comes down the stairs, picks up the ¤100 note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town.

No one produced anything - No one earned anything - However, the whole village is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism.

And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how the Greek government hopes to fix its economic problems.

Swineflogger's picture

4th on the Fourth

God Bless America.        EDIT: Orange in my haste to post I neglected to read your submission. Just finished. Brilliant. Positively brilliant. Be well sir (or madam).

Dr. P. Metals's picture


Good little lesson. And remember it's not just "Greeks" who play those games, it's nearly everyone in all countries at this time where lies, fraud, greed, sloth and corruption run rampant.

canary's picture

Varoufakis: Deal is almost done.

This morning...."A bailout deal between Greece and its creditors is almost finalized...and is quite interesting".

................................And I'm "quite lost".

tyberious's picture

War, The Emergency Powers &

War, The Emergency Powers & The Gold-Fringed Flag

The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.”–Henry Kissinger

from APFN:

Since March 9, 1933, the United States has been in a state of declared national emergency. In fact, there are now in effect four presidentially-proclaimed states of national emergency: In addition to the national emergency declared by President Roosevelt in 1933, there are also the national emergency proclaimed by President Truman on December 16, 1950, during the Korean conflict, and the states of national emergency declared by President Nixon on March 23, 1970, and August 15, 1971.

Senate Report 93-549
War and Emergency Powers Acts,
Executive Orders and the New World Order
The Introduction to Senate Report 93-549 (93rd Congress, 1st Session, 1973) summarizes the situation that we face today – except it is far worse today than it was in 1973 !!

“A majority of the people of the United States have lived all of their lives under emergency rule. For 40 years [now 66 years], freedoms and governmental procedures guaranteed by the Constitution have, in varying degrees, been abridged by laws brought into force by states of national emergency. The problem of how a constitutional democracy reacts to great crises, however, far antedates the Great Depression. As a philosophical issue, its origins reach back to the Greek city-states and the Roman Republic. And, in the United States, actions taken by the Government in times of great crises have – from, at least, the Civil War – in important ways, shaped the present phenomenon of a permanent state of national emergency.”

Read More @ apfn.org

TinHat's picture

X Fourth of July

X - Exene & John Doe Fourth of July video from a couple years ago ( well maybe a few more than that)

Happy Independence Day

Mr. Fix's picture

Happy Independence Day,

Enjoy it while it lasts.

BarnacleBill's picture

And now for something completely different

GuerrillaCapitalist's picture

Re: All of the Above


Thanks Craig, for a thread to discuss the original Declaration of Independence. It's vitally important for everyone in the country to read, understand and discuss this enlightened document. The people have more power than they are aware of, primarily from the simple fact of out numbering the scoundrels. I'm reminded of the scene in the original Frankenstein movie, with the townspeople armed with pitchforks. That's real power, but must be redirected in the current era, from the threat of violence to political power. It's foolish to take on the military disguised as local cops. Read Sun Tzu for instructions.

Many of our friends and neighbors have rescinded their consent to be governed by liars and thieves. We live in a county of die hard patriots best described as anarcho-libertarian. Strong proponents of small, tightly controlled government. We have a strong Sheriff, city and county legislatures all watched carefully by the citizenry.

Our problem with government is on the state and federal level. Since we're a very poor county in Appalachia, many families have direct descendants of moonshiners and other independent folk. I most certainly do. I wonder when a version of Jade Helm will play at our local theater. Heavily forested, land of ridges and hollers, not hospitable to an invading army. We certainly live in interesting times.

The old warrior seems to be rambling, so it's time to close this missive and sit back and read the posts all around the watchtower.


lakedweller2's picture

State of the Union

Congress, the Supremes, and the Executive Branch leadership should be made to have a State of the Union type session on July 4th, with mandatory attendance, and the Declaration of Independence read to them as listed above by TF.

MSM then should be required to discuss and report on their interpretation of the original meaning by the authors which would be monitored by groups such as the ACLU, PBS, etc for accuracy.

Then each person in attendance should be required to send a letter to their constituency explaining what the session meant to them and what they plan to personally do to correct the situation and then monthly reports as to progress and who specifically is blocking progress and why.

Maestro's picture

Keep Drinking the Cool-Aid

Independence from the NSA?

Independence from the FED?

Independence from Jade Helm?

Independence from Too Big To Fail?

....it has to be earned before it can be celebrated.

CALelf's picture

USA vs. US Corporate

Having graduated from UCLA School of Law and practiced in California since 1969, I was quite surprised the first time I read that there were two Federal Constitutions one for the United States of America (the original one) and another for the United States (the Corporation). 

I don't recall anything being said in my Constitutional Law classes about a corporate replacement of the original Federal non-organization and Constitution. 

One would think that the Law Schools of this Country would have a very great interest in resolving the true state of our Federal system. But crickets reign. Even if the Corporate replacement theory is wrong, it would help to have our Law School Constitutional scholars weigh in on the confusion engendered by the constant chatter on the internet.

To that end, I intend to send a letter to the UCLA Law School Dean and request that this issue be officially addressed. 

I believe that putting this question to the experts is just as important as is a review of the Declaration of Independence. I do support any effort to remind ourselves of our heritage expressed in that astounding document. It represents a very high point in our development and we should likely be well served by returning to its fundamental truths. Thanks for reminding us Craig.

PS: It also grinds on me every time I hear a politician refer to "our democracy" or to helping to establish "democracy" in other countries. In addition to requiring the Congress to review the Declaration of Independence, it might be equally important to remind them why our Constitution of written for a Constitutional Republic rather than a democracy (mob rule).

Sound Money Minnow's picture

Read the Declaration of Independence today

With recent SOTUS decisions, I wonder what flag most are flying. Interesting times we live in. The good perceived as evil, and evil good, comes to mind from scriptures. By the way, I could care less what you do in your bedroom. When it imposes on the freedom of religious expression it crosses a line. The tolerance crowd is most intolerant of others. I am getting ready to enjoy a nice day with the neighbors, breaking bread, enjoying a few adult beverages, and hoping to have a freedom and PM discussion if the opportunity arises.  May our Independence Day not be reduced to commercialism, like everything else.

God Bless all my friends, and fellow travelers here.

Thank you for posting it Craig. You are a person who gets it. We appreciate you, and pray for your peace, prosperity, and truth to shine a light to others.


Dr. P. Metals's picture

cool-aid and alligators

This seems pretty appropo to all those we've tried to warn of what's coming, and also to today's generation:


Null's picture

Sorry Turd...

My apologies to all of Turd-ville for my drunk'en rant last night (here in the UK). My only excuse is the warm-humid weather and the constant boot on the Gold&Silver throat. Hot weather seldom makes an English man's temper for the good. Again, sorry for that.

Mr. Fix's picture

Points to ponder:

For the new normal America...

I pledge allegiance to no flag, but to truth and morality...

...which doesn’t seem to exist in the Divided States of America.

And to no republic, for it stands for nothing; One nation, under surveillance,

completely divided

with Liberty and Justice destroyed

and inalienable rights taken from us all.

Source: ArmstrongEconomics.com


Louie's picture

No worries TheSnorkelParka

Hat tip me if you have never done anything you regretted when you were drunk.

Nephi's picture

Citigroup news


So what does this mean? They have 4 trillion in Silver derivatives… For us precious metal Stakers are we going to be taken to the cleaners again? Is this good news or bad news for price explosion that some have been preaching?

SaratogaPrepper's picture


Posting While Intoxicated

Been there, done that, probably will again.

Louie's picture

Super-sized moves and the PMs

The rumor the JPM is sitting on 350 million ounces of silver has been floating around for a couple of months now.  Now these two reports from ZeroHedge of super-sized moved in the derivatives exposure for JPM and Citi are pretty incredible. 

Only two possibilities that I can think of.  #1) they know the PMs are about to explode, and they are positioning themselves to make as much money as possible on the moves. #2) They are having to work double-shift overtime to keep the metals from exploding to the upside (causing a loss of faith in the US dollar). 

To me, both of these mean we are on the correct side of the trade and that something big is about to happen.

What other alternatives could there be?  Preparing for a smash down to $550 gold and $7 silver?   

Null's picture


It's really bad the next day...and yes, I also will - more than likely - do it again. Unfortunately that seems to be human nature. sad

Swineflogger's picture

Holy Crap! I go to bed way too early

I was intrigued by the apology so I went back to the priors to see what missed.  Wow.   Bad booze or way off your meds?  This community enjoys a lively debate, but we try to maintain a modicum of mutual respect.  I will never know as much as the Turdster, but I am convinced that at 65 1/2 I damn well know more than a shit-spewing dick with ears.  Anyway, on behalf of the community, apology accepted.

benque's picture


I'm hanging over a big hangover, that I've hung over before;........

To the tune of "I'm looking over a four leaf clover".

Have fun!  Hair of the dog, and all that.

Null's picture

@Louie...Super-sized moves and the PMs...

I bought a lovely 5oz silver Scottsdale round last week (ridiculous price because of the VAT) ...Seems to me that rule is not one of trade but one of  "I own the 'effing most of it so therefore I set the price...now 'eff off you mere mortals".

They (The Banks aka. Mafia) really  don't care how it's dug out of the ground and processed. The value of precious metals is merely theater to these scum-bags.

Null's picture


"I damn well know more than a shit-spewing dick with ears."

Yes, and a Merry Christmas to you too. Thanks. wink

imfd's picture

PWI- Brilliant !

Posting while intoxicated, I love that, sort of like a crime but a non crime too. More power to you Snorkel, no slinking off and hiding, just fessin' up and taking responsibility, rare traits indeed, hats off to you. I`ve had a couple, as you do on the 4th, and if I get up and post some malarkey later today, I offer my apologies in advance, cheers !

Null's picture


Thank you  imfd. Good fun at the time but leaves you with one hell of a head-ache!  Listening to a washing-machine trying to make up its' mind on a 1400 spin-cycle after such a night, leaves me with no doubt that there is a place worse than Hell!devil 

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