(There is a list of grievances that follows - worth reading)
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 out 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.
Fifty-six men put their names to the paper. They pledged to each other, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.
Thousands of freedom-loving patriots, fought and died for the freedoms we have enjoyed.
I hope that we remember the sacrifices that have been made through out our history. I hope that we will not take our freedoms for granted. I hope that we will be paying attention to what our politicians are doing. I hope that we will take the time to be educated on those who would represent us.
And, I hope and pray that God will bless America!