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Old 01-22-2013, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Does it condone a coup?

"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."
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:21 AM
 
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No.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:25 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Does it condone a coup?
No.

THIS one condones a coup:

"...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."

In fact, it REQUIRES a coup. That's what "duty" means.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:26 AM
 
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The Declaration of Independence is not authority for anything.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:34 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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The Declaration of Independence was the first law ever enacted in the United States of America.

It was law then, and it has never been repealed of amended. It is just as valid law today.

Including the part about it being our DUTY to throw off a government that is deteriorating into a despotism.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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The Declaration of Independence is not authority for anything.
^^^ This.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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The Declaration of Independence was the first law ever enacted in the United States of America.
The Declaration of Independence is not a law. It is a declaration of war.
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:00 PM
 
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The Declaration of Independence is not a law. It is a declaration of war.
Well written, too!
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:03 PM
 
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All self-evident truths associated with declarations of independence are subject to the declarer’s ability to achieve that independence.
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:06 PM
 
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LOL as if the American people have the balls or self respect to take care of their own problems and actually change anything to improve and not destroy their freedoms.

Sh*t, half of the country is crying "I shouldn't be allowed to defend myself! I shouldn't be allowed to achieve financial freedom without giving away half of my income to the state!" right now.
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