The Declaration of Independence (Anchor Link Practice)

The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

Preamble
Grievances
The Pledge


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.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. 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.

Obama Higher Education Agenda Urges Increase in Value

Obama administration pressures post-secondary schools to demonstrate importance of higher education

The duty of tackling the issue of inconsistency between education and unemployment rates have been on the forefront of several administration agendas prior to the Obama administration. President Obama has now taken action and requested that post-secondary schools be more transparent about the costs of education and graduate success.

  • On average, students with loans graduate with more than $25,000 in debt
  • An estimated 40% of students are not graduating when enrolled at a 4-year university or 2-year program (according to College Measures)
  • Drop-out rates are costing taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars annually (according to American Institutes for Research)

As the federal government continues to administer $140 billion in federal grants and loans annually, the rate of unemployment remains considerably high.

The George W. Bush administration found that literacy rates were consistently declining, and that higher education had become “increasingly risk-averse at times self-satisfied and unduly expensive.”

By: Jessy Stanton

“Lets Get Back to Work” Program Gives Back

Southern Minnesota Airports and Unemployed Get Help From Federal Government.

In an effort to help the unemployed, Congress approved $564 million in the building and repairs funds of southern Minnesota airports. The spending is part of the government’s “Lets Get Back to Work” program created to employ the laid off in the construction and engineering industry.

“This is a small price to pay to help folks out who want to work.” said President Obama.

Critics have voiced that this is just more federal spending and could ultimately cost the government $1 trillion.

·     Blue Earth Municipal Airport: Blue Earth, Minn.  $2.3 million for runway repairs.

·     New Ulm Municipal Airport: New Ulm, Minn.  $3.8 million for a runway extension.

·     Le Sueur Municipal Airport: Le Sueur, Minn. $96,000 for purchasing land.

·     Waseca Municipal Airport: Waseca, Minn. $62,000 for an implementation of a taxiway.

Other southern Minnesota cities granted federal money include Rushford, Jackson, Faribault and Owatonna.

Helpful Social Media Tools

If you haven’t heard the recent news surrounding the Susan G. Komen controversy, let me fill you in. In early February the Komen foundation decided that they were pulling funds from Planned Parenthood, an organization that also promotes breast health services. According to the Fox News article from the Associated Press Associated Press the funds totaled to a loss of $680,000 in 2011.

As an assignment for our multimedia class we were asked to research the reaction to the controversy over social media outlets provided from Twitter. I first decided to check out the “real-time” stream of tweets from Twendz.com . This website, as stated on their About Twendz page, this website specializes in getting “a glimpse into what’s on people’s minds and emotional reactions.” This site was very informational and it would be easy to incorporate this tool in managing a brand. One can instantly see how people are reacting to a specific brand, positively or negatively, and hopefully from there a company can act accordingly based on users attitudes. In this case most of the tweets seen were either negative to the Susan G. Komen foundation or informational from news sites.

The second social media outlet researched was Twitterfall. Twitterfall specializes in taking popular Twittering trends and streaming them live. You may think that Twitterfall and Twendz are the same thing, but Twitterfall lets a user define its searches by geographical regions and other more defined applications. This site was interesting in seeing what others were saying around Minnesota. This social media tool can be helpful in targeting areas to preserve a brands image.

Lastly I decided to research happenings about this controversy on Tweetscan. Tweetscan is a more defined search engine on all hashtags for Twitter users. After a week #plannedparenthood was still a trending topic.

Although most of these Twitter applications are not as well-known as Twitter, they make it easy for one to research trending topics.

Things I Love

If I were a billionaire, which one day I will be…by marriage of course, I would share the things I love with everyone. I have always aspired to be the new-age Oprah. Too bad real life wasn’t filled with the multiple opportunities of free giving. Could you imagine? “Everybody gets a year supply of Oooooxxxyyyy Cccllleeeaaannn!!” People everywhere would be going crazy.
But lets get down to the nitty gritty because I know you are all wondering what I would give if I were a billionaire.

First I would give Twins tickets to everyone I loved. I mean, who doesn’t like the Twins? You couldn’t ask for anything better. I would like to consider the Twins as the breeding ground for amazing players; we make your team look better in the future. Don’t know anything about the Twins, be sure to check out this blog http://www.nickstwinsblog.com/

The second gift I would extend to all my lovers would be a year subscription to Women’s Health Magazine. Yes, the title says women’s health, but the magazine can offer resources for both genders. Health is important to me and promoting healthy living to all is beneficial to everyone. Be sure to check out Women’s Health Magazine blog.

If anyone truly knows me they know that I am addicted to cereal. So my third gift would be a year supply of General Mills Honey Nut Cheerios. There is not a cereal out there that can stand up to the one and only, Honey Nut Cheerios. I have stayed faithful to this cereal since I can remember. You can’t go wrong with a cereal that is heart healthy, and has the perfect taste. The hint of honey can be mixed with anything; other cereals, oatmeal and you can even use it as a dessert because it has the perfect sweetness. Honey Nut Cheerios ladies and gentlemen will always surpass any other cereal in the cereal aisle.

Well, I would share with you all of the gifts I would give away but what would be the fun in that? So I will leave you at that for now.

But for now my lovers,

Stay Classy.

xoxo