“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.”
When our first son memorized part of the Declaration of Independence, he yelled from his room, “Hey mom, this is what’s happening now!” Five years later, after learning what the words meant, our oldest daughter wanted to memorize the whole second paragraph. When she quotes it, she emphasizes words that are special to her. It brings out so many emotions. We need to raise our children to understand why these words are important. It’s good stuff!