Thursday, July 03, 2008

We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.

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…

…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 British 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.

On July 4th, remember what the 56 men who signed this Declaration of Independence bequeathed, and what it is that those men and women have fought and died for over the last 232 years to preserve.

Happy Independence Day.

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The Cycle

This week is the week of the “here and now.” Next week will be that of the “hopes and dreams.”

This week, we ponder additions such as Jose Theodore and we wonder about keeping Sergei Fedorov and Brooks Laich.

Next week, we will wonder about the chances of Karl Alzner making the team in the fall and when Simeon Varlamov or Michal Neuvirth might be stepping between the pipes.

This week, we ponder what effects this signing or that will have on this year’s cap, and whether we can keep as much of last year’s magical team as possible.

Next week, we will wonder when – or if – Mathieu Perreault or Francois Bouchard will be ready to make the big leap to the NHL.

This week, we ponder the wisdom of letting Cristobal Huet go.

Next week we will wonder whether drafting Braden Holtby was a stroke of genius…or not.

This week, we ponder the wisdom of paying Mike Green more than $5 million a year.

Next week we will wonder whether Stefan Della Rovere has the moxie to compete at the highest level.

This week we ponder who's aboard.

Next week we will wonder who's on their way.

This week…next week…the cycle in a fortnight.