July 4, 1776: What were they thinking?

I woke up on this beautiful summer day and decided to read the full text of the declaration. It is truly an amazing statement and always leaves me with the question: ” What were they thinking?”

I mean to go up against the 900 pound gorilla of the day, and actually pull it off, is truly one of the great stories in human history.

I’ve posted it on my site, HERE, and below is my short summary using the document’s actual prose. …”we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”  WOW! When’s the last time you heard something like that?

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…

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.

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.

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 mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.