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While Evils Are Sufferable

Posted by | June 18th, 2009

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—“… 

The Declaration of Independence
Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson

Further reading:
And they petitioned
And they appealed to their British brothers
And they mutually pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor

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2 thoughts on “While Evils Are Sufferable

  1. Sean

    We are quickly approaching the insufferable times. Revolution may be unavoidable but god help us if it comes to that. We have a system that allows for peaceful revolution at the ballot box and should we have a decent candidate to vote for in 2012 all the bloodshed may still be avoided. Failing that, I expect to see violence within the next decade.


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