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‘But, Mr. Adams’ from the Musical ‘1776’

July 4, 2009

An appropriate tribute to Independence Day — an excerpt from the musical “1776”.  Once upon a time we were fortunate enough to see a live performance of “1776” at Faneuil Hall in Boston. A really appropriate Revolutionary setting, even though the action takes place in Philadelphia.


Brits find rare copy of Declaration of Independence

July 4, 2009

A real treat in time for Independence Day — a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence that was printed and distributed throughout the 13 original colonies. It was found in UK while a researcher was looking for something else.  Take a look and savor the legacy of the visionaries who led the revolutionary generation.

LONDON (AP) — British researchers have announced the discovery of a rare original copy of America’s Declaration of Independence — just in time for the Fourth of July.

Katrina McClintock, a spokeswoman at the National Archives, said Thursday that a researcher accidentally discovered the “Dunlap print,” named after a printer, several months ago. The find was announced only after it could be properly catalogued.

Edward Hampshire, the National Archives’ specialist in colonial materials, said the find was “incredibly exciting.”

“It is likely that only around 200 of these were ever printed, so uncovering a new one nearly 250 years later is extremely rare, especially one in such good condition,” he said.

He said the declaration is one of the most important documents in history because it marks the birth of the United States.

The last Dunlap print to be found was sold at an auction for $8.14 million in 2000.

National Archives officials said they weren’t sure how the Declaration of Independence copy ended up there.

Take a look at the image here.  How long has it been since you read the entire document?  Do it now.

The Associated Press

This undated image released by Britain’s National Archives Thursday, July 2, 2009, shows a copy of the United States Declaration of Independence, which has been discovered at the National Archives in Kew, England. The rare copy of the American Declaration of Independence has been found hidden in a file at the British National Archives. The Archives say that the print, known as the Dunlap print after the printer who commissioned it, is the 26th copy of the document to be found. The last Dunlap print found was sold at an auction for $8.14 million in 2000. Archives spokeswoman Katrina McClintock said Thursday that the file was found by a researcher looking through late 18th Century files for something unrelated. McClintock said it was discovered months ago but not revealed to the public until it could be extracted and catalogued. (AP Photo/National Archives)

“They’re giving socialism a bad name by associating it with the Democrats”

May 15, 2009

Frank Llewellyn, the national director of the Democratic Socialists of America is not happy.   He finds it objectionable that  the Republican Party has tried to rebrand their leading opponents as the “Democrat Socialist” party. Furthermore, Llewellyn thinks that the GOP simply does not understand what socialism really is — and wouldn’t be hanging that label on the Democrats if they did.

“It’s objectionable,” said Llewellyn, “because they’re giving socialism a bad name by associating it with the Democrats, who are the second-most capitalist party in the world. The election of this president, sadly, hasn’t changed that.” (more…)

Celebrate Independence Day by re-reading and pondering this radical document …

July 4, 2008

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 shown, 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. (more…)