Independence Day 2024

Because my website has been down, I was unable to post this on July 4. But as the current war between Good and Evil goes on, unnoticed by too many, it is fitting to recall the death of Pat Tillman. After 911 he quit his lucrative football career, volunteered to fight the “war on terror” in Afghanistan – and died there under very suspicious circumstances.

Inside Pat Tillman’s Death In Afghanistan And The Cover-Up That Followed

On April 22, 2004, former NFL star and U.S. Army Ranger Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan — and it may not have been an accident. After the 9/11 attacks, Pat Tillman gave up a lucrative football career to join the U.S. Army.

But in….. (I’ll leave it to you to follow that link should you choose; but first, a copy of the newsletter article that you may have missed).

Independence Day July 4 2024 A Short Video.

That Was Then. This is now.

Greetings On This Independence Day.

It got me to thinking about the Declaration of Independence, so I read it again, and had to ask myself, how is today’s government any different from King George of Old?

I’ll let you ponder the phrase, “that was then, this now,” after the short video (3mins) about the founding of this great nation, and the full text of the Declaration of Independence.
My wife and I are immigrants, and forever grateful that the United States won its independence, at great cost, from its British overlord of the time.
When you bercome a naturalized US citizen, you verbalise an oath, with meaning, that you are prepared to take up arms to defend the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
In case you’re not familiar with what those of us who move here legally must swear to (and gladly) here is the oath in full.
Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen;

that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic;

that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;

that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law;

that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law;

that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”

We came here over 30 years ago from Commonwealth countries – Australia and New Zealand – which are rapidly becoming dictatorships.

The oath nevertheless does make one wonder why so many in the US government are dual citizens.

Many of them are Israelis.

Perhaps this explains why the current administration is okay with something like 40,000 men women and children being carpet bombed in what a sane person would call a needlessly genocidal war. (See blog post

Another point to ponder, referring back to the oath of allegiance, is why so many in the US government, regardless of party affiliation, want to take everyone’s guns away.

Isn’t that total defiance of the US Constitution where we said, under oath, “ I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and the 2nd Amendment that says I have every right to bear arms?

Anyway, I’m getting out in the weeds a little bit.

It’s Independence Day.

And I was saying to Judith, “in a country of 300 million people – or 350 million if these illegals keep flooding in – how many really understand how and why America won its Independence from Britain and became a Republic, (NOT a Democracy) rather than a nation of serfs under Royalty?”

Statue of Liberty – 1940s.

“How was it that millions from Europe and throughout the world then made their way to America, coming through immigration at Staten Island, passing the Statue of Liberty, and eventually settling one of the biggest continents on the planet?

Perhaps the answers came in a video link which arrived in my email a few minutes ago.

I’ll leave it at that.

Best Wishes.

Michael Knight.

The video has been embedded. Just clic k the play button and it should load. It’s 3 mins. But be sure to switch it off at the end, otherwise an unwanted follow-on video will start, which could distract you from the full text of the Declaration of Independence.

Oddly enough, what was written then, about the misuse and abuse of power by King George, is very much like what has been happening under both Republican and Democrat governments for decades.

Is it not time to recapture that Independence that heroes such as Tillman fought and died for?

Text of the Declaration of Independence


Note: The source for this transcription is the first printing of the Declaration of Independence, the broadside produced by John Dunlap on the night of July 4, 1776. Nearly every printed or manuscript edition of the Declaration of Independence has slight differences in punctuation, capitalization, and even wording. To find out more about the diverse textual tradition of the Declaration, check out our Which Version is This, and Why Does it Matter? resource.
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 and 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 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.

Signed by Order and in Behalf of the Congress,
JOHN HANCOCK, President.Attest.

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