A DECLARATION BY THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IN CONGRESS ASSEMBLED
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.
The Declaration of Independence then continues for another few pages listing all the crap that the king of England pulled during the 1760's and 1770's. I actually have in front of me my book The Essential Thomas Jefferson which is really cool because it shows the places where Jefferson's original text was edited. (Notably, where some really long rants were revised.) As you all know, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with my country, but today on the day that the Declaration was signed (only by about half the signers, but its the thought that counts, right?) I'm definitely living on the love side of the relationship. And so I thought I would take this moment to acknowledge this awesome document written by my historical soulmate, Thomas Jefferson. And to take this moment to wish all my American friends a happy 4th! And to all of you sick of being screwed over by George Bush, all I can say is that TJ probably would have had an anyerism if he met him.
Okay, in other news.... No big plans for today, other than work for a few hours, which is nice because I didn't have any plans, I'm working with Hannah, and I get time and a half. Yesterday, when I was poking around the stockroom, I saw something really exciting. About a week ago, we got in these down vests for men, and I decided that I was going to get Alex one for his birthday. But yesterday I saw that they make them for women too! And, we got them in in Ice Pink, which is beyond gorgeous, so I'm definitely getting one for myself. Katie says she got one last year and she loves it.
In other exciting (at least for me) shopping news, American Eagle is having a clearance on all their Aerie stuff, so I think I'm going to go hit up the store tomorrow or Sunday, because you really can't have too much comfy dorm wear. Also, I'm definitely set on getting a subscription to TeenVogue, although Lucky is still tempting me a bit. But, as if a sign from the gods, the morning after I make this decision I find out that TeenVogue did a photoshoot with the Twilight cast. Those things are always a bit disappointing to see in print because they only show like 1% of the pics they took, but still, I'm excited.
Speaking of pictures, we finally have some from HBP! But where is the f-ing trailer?!?!?! Anyway, I love the one of Luna and the ones with Harry and Ginny in them (shocker!). I hope they show her playing Quidditch. As for the pic from potions, they did really stretch this age factor. And, of all the times to finally have a class of only Gryffindors, they do it in the class where they did actually have people from all four houses! Oi vey! Oh, and if Harry and Ginny don't have their proper kiss, I'm going to riot. I mean, they turned Cho and Harry's kiss into a total make-out session, and now they're going in the other direction?
Oh, and I officially and totally love Kate Nash!