July 4, 2013

White Dog and The White Dog Army want to remind everyone on this day that along with freedom comes responsibility. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve what makes us great and to them we owe a huge debt of gratitude. BUT each of us who lives in the sunlight of liberty and takes advantage of the rights guaranteed by our founding documents also has an obligation to guard and protect and live those tenets. As long as there are two and four-leggeds who are disenfranchised, who are ignored, who are treated as lessors, none of us is truly free.

The words that launched the Great Experiment that founded our country charge us with a mission that is no less important today as it was then.

"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 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..."
The document concludes with the most amazing promise to each other; a promise that each citizen would do well to reaffirm to all of the others today..."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."
Today we celebrate the American spirit...our diversity, our generosity, our determination to preserve human and animal rights. Long may it wave. Happy Independence Day!


Tweedles -- that's me said...

Let Freedom Ring- forever!

Brian said...

We love our independenc, but we don't mind being dependent on our humans!