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To: EternalVigilance

I don’t know about that “charter” business? The “united states” of the Declaration isn’t the same U.S. that came into being with ratification of the Constitution. There were two whole systems of national government inbetween.


23 posted on 01/16/2013 9:08:13 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane
The Declaration of Independence is the first part of the organic law of the United States. It's signing marked the beginning of this republic. This is simply a fact.

To say that the Declaration is not part of our laws is like claiming that the foundation is not part of a building, or that a body can be sustained without the presence of a soul.

"Fellow-citizens, the ark of your covenant is the Declaration of Independence. Your Mount Ebal, is the confederacy of separate state sovereignties, and your Mount Gerizim is the Constitution of the United States. In that scene of tremendous and awful solemnity, narrated in the Holy Scriptures, there is not a curse pronounced against the people, upon Mount Ebal, not a blessing promised them upon Mount Gerizim, which your posterity may not suffer or enjoy, from your and their adherence to, or departure from, the principles of the Declaration of Independence, practically interwoven in the Constitution of the United States. Lay up these principles, then, in your hearts, and in your souls - bind them for signs upon your hands, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes - teach them to your children, speaking of them when sitting in your houses, when walking by the way, when lying down and when rising up - write them upon the doorplates of your houses, and upon your gates - cling to them as to the issues of life - adhere to them as to the cords of your eternal salvation. So may your children's children at the next return of this day of jubilee, after a full century of experience under your national Constitution, celebrate it again in the full enjoyment of all the blessings recognized by you in the commemoration of this day, and of all the blessings promised to the children of Israel upon Mount Gerizim, as the reward of obedience to the law of God."

-- John Quincy Adams, the Jubilee of the U.S. Constitution: a Discourse


29 posted on 01/16/2013 9:41:34 PM PST by EternalVigilance (It's amazing how expensive "free" can be.)
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