04 July 2009

Independence Day - 2009 - 233 Years After

It is again Independence Day, the Fourth of July, in the United States of America. Without checking back, I believe I wrote a similar post last year and the year before. As we observe the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Year of Carnage, let us read once these words from 233 years ago - and think of how they apply to us as Sikhs. What is the purpose of government? Why do we have governments? And what should be done when the governments does not live up to its responsibilities? This immortal document, the most powerfully seditious document ever written answers those questions in clear, forthright and eloquent words. My fellow Khalistanis, listen up! (I know the language may be a bit difficult to those of you who do not have English as your first language, but please persevere, it's worth the effort.)

The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies

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