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.The words of some Marxist revolutionary in the Third World? Some radical group in Latin America? Those peacenik, pot-smoking hippies in Berkley?
No. Those words were written by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.
Happy Birthday, America.