When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the . . . bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the human race, in General Forum, 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 Nations, solemnly publish and declare, That these United People are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent; that we are Absolved from all Allegiance to the Evils of this World.