Just another piece of history to consider. I think it's relevant today...
An excerpt from Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms
, Continental Congress, 6JUL1775.
...We have counted the cost of this contest, and find nothing so dreadful as voluntary slavery. Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to
surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot
endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them, if we basely entail hereditary
bondage upon them.
Our cause is just. Our union is perfect. Our internal resources are great, and, if necessary, foreign assistance is undoubtedly attainable. We
gratefully acknowledge, as signal instances of the Divine favour towards us, that his Providence would not permit us to be called into this severe
controversy, until we were grown up to our present strength, had been previously exercised in warlike operation, and possessed of the means of
defending ourselves, With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the
utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have been compelled by our enemies to
assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance, employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with our
[one] mind resolved to dye Free men rather than live Slaves.
Lest this declaration should disquiet the minds of our friends and fellow subjects in any part of the empire, we assure them that we mean not to
dissolve that Union which has so long and so happily subsisted between us, and which we sincerely wish to see restored. Necessity has not yet driven
us into that desperate measure, or induced us to excite any other nation to war against them. We have not raised armies with ambitious designs of
separating from Great Britain, and establishing independent states. We fight not for glory or for conquest. We exhibit to mankind the remarkable
spectacle of a people attacked by unprovoked enemies, without any imputation or even suspicion of offence. They boast of their privileges and
civilization, and yet proffer no milder conditions than servitude or death.
In our own native land, in defence of the freedom that is our birth right, and which we ever enjoyed till the late violation of it for the protection
of our property, acquired solely by the honest industry of our fore fathers and ourselves, against violence actually offered, we have taken up arms.
We shall lay them down when hostilities shall cease on the part of the aggressors, and all danger of their being renewed shall be removed, and not
With an humble confidence in the mercies of the supreme and impartial Judge and Ruler of the universe, we most devoutly implore his divine goodness to
protect us happily through this great conflict, to dispose our adversaries to reconciliation on reasonable terms, and thereby to relieve the empire
from the calamities of civil war.
By order of Congress,
Thought you all might enjoy this little bit of reading... Suprised I haven't seen it on ATS at all yet.
Very important, and relevant. If you read the entire document:
the reader may find it interesting to take liberties substituting the involved parties.