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  •  Actually, it was both freedom and independence. (5+ / 0-)

    Don't take my word for it, take it straight from the text of the DoI itself:

    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;
    and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War,

    It's safe to trust a sane person with the keys to nuclear weapons, but it's not safe to trust an insane person with the cleaners under the kitchen sink. The answer is not gun control, it's people care.

    by JayFromPA on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:20:41 PM PST

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    •  The Constitution is the law of the land (8+ / 0-)

      Not the DoI.

      You live in the 21st Century, dude. And you're damn lucky to live in the United States.

      The civil rights, gay rights and women's movements, designed to allow others to reach for power previously grasped only by white men, have made a real difference, and the outlines of 21st century America have emerged. -- Paul West of LA Times

      by LiberalLady on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:33:35 PM PST

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      •  Dude. (0+ / 0-)

        If the question is "what were we declaring independence from," it makes little sense to look in the Constitution.

        If you're looking for laws, then proceed.  But that's not the question that Jay asked.

        the purpose of the second amendment is to promote a well-regulated militia, in the same sense that the purpose of the first amendment is to promote a well-informed electorate.

        by happymisanthropy on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:46:57 PM PST

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