Revoke his Texas citizenship and deport him to Massachusetts.

Some guy texting in a Texas movie theater calls police and has a woman cited for assault after she taps him on the shoulder and asks him to stop.

He's just lucky it wasn't this lady.

Miss you, Governor.

We don't need John Boehner. We need Tony Horton.

Your doctor tells you that you are morbidly obese and gaining weight rapidly.  You must lose weight or you will die. 

You tell him you're planning to lose two percent of your still-increasing weight, but no promises. 

Problem solved?  Congress seems to think so.

"Yes, Prime Minister" dares to suggest innovation in government-monopolized education

Hate speech!

Ezra Klein manages to get even dumber

Ezra Klein is literally too stupid to write for any paper.

In today's Washington Post he says Obama can solve our debt problem by ordering the government to mint two $1 trillion coins and use those to pay the debt.

Yeah, that worked out great for Zimbabwe.

This is the same guy who said tax funds for Planned Parenthood were a sound investment because PP focuses most of its abortions on inner-city blacks, who consume a lot of government services.

I like a liberal columnist who can write, like Molly Ivins or Nat Hentoff, but Klein isn't just liberal, he's an idiot.

The dream team?

So the Democrats' leading voices on the debt issue are a man who thinks "cowboy poetry" is a wise use of tax funds, a woman who flat-out stated life on the planet would cease to exist if the bill passes, a woman who claims the GOP has a secret plan to kill all the nation's women and a man who has no plan of his own despite the fact he's the president.

They're doomed.

Benedictine Monks Win 'Casket Cartel' Case

Hospital worker admits stealing $1.2M in toner

A former New York City hospital worker has admitted embezzling $1.2 million from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center by ordering printer toner, stealing it and then reselling it...

...Prosecutors say Gumbs gradually ordered unneeded printer toner on the hospital's tab. Authorities say he had delivery drivers meet him and give him the supplies on the street, then resold them and pocketed the cash.
The thefts took place over three years.  That means he was making an average of $400,000.00 a year selling toner while still working a full-time job. 

I'm in the wrong business.

Milwaukee JS: Wisconsin soldier invents device to foil bombs

The Taliban will use just about anything to hide bombs, and a perfect spot is a culvert underneath a road.

Now many of the culverts near this base in Kandahar province are no longer prime bomb-hiding locations, thanks to the ingenuity of a Wisconsin soldier.

Cpl. Eric DeHart, 38, of Birnamwood worked as a senior designer for Wausau Homes before deciding to join the Army for the first time at the age of 36, losing 80 pounds in six months to enlist. When his Army Reserves unit - Wausau-based 428th Engineer Co. - arrived in southern Afghanistan last fall, his platoon leader asked him to solve the culvert problem...
Read the full story here.
First Obama threatened to cut off soldiers' paychecks if Planned Parenthood's tax funding was touched.  Now he's threatening to cut off Social Security checks to the vulnerable elderly if he doesn't get his debt limit hike.  Perhaps those White House accusations of "hostage taking" were acts of projection?

BREAKING: House cuts off funds to enforce national light bulb ban

In a late-breaking development the House just minutes ago approved a measure cutting off funds to enforce the national light bulb ban that goes into effect next year.

I have been busy monitoring the situation on the House floor as ATP members pressed their congressmen to vote for the bill.

"The House on Friday voted to withhold funding to enforce part of a 2007 law that increases efficiency standards for light bulbs," The New York Times reports just minutes ago.

This is not a final victory on this issue.  Only the funds have been cut off and the measure still must be approved by the Senate.  The law creating a virtual ban on incandescent bulbs still exists.

But it's a start.

Thank you for all who called all this week and donated.  This amendment was approved by a voice vote.  Opponents of consumer choice did not want their constituents to know of theri radical position on this issue, so Congressman Joe Barton's bill on Tuesday exposed them by forcing them to take a recorded vote.

You made this victory possible.

But the fight is just starting.  We must get this through the Senate, where unlike the House opponents of consumer freedom control the chamber.

We must fight just to get a vote on this.  And then we must fight again to get the 2007 law repealed entirely.

So please take a moment to go here and chip in $10, $25, $50, $100 or even $500 to help win ATP's fight to repeal the light bulb ban.

Donald Ferguson
Executive Director
American Tradition Partnership

Go here to chip in $10, or whatever you wish, to help me cut off funds to, and entirely repeal, the freedom-killing light bulb ban.

Ferguson takes Schweitzer to task for release misrepresentation

Ferguson takes Schweitzer to task for release misrepresentation
‘That two-dollar calculator isn’t much help when it’s operated by a ten-cent brain’

BOZEMAN – American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson released the following statement Wednesday as Gov. Brian Schweitzer continues to misrepresent the size of the Laurel oil release:

“Gov. Schweitzer keeps claiming his ‘two dollar’ calculator tells him the 750 to 1000 barrel figure I got from the EPA is wrong.  For some childlike reason, he believes the oil left in the pipe continued to flow at its regular rate before it magically stopped.

“Any who’s ever used a water hose knows once you shut off the water, what’s left in the length of the hose will slowly trickle out.  Gov. Schweitzer is either lying or incompetent. Neither is representative of the people of Montana.  They deserve better than his continually insulting performance.

“That two-dollar calculator isn’t much help when it’s operated by a ten-cent brain.  We have enough of those in D.C.

“It’s no coincidence Gov. Schweitzer’s buffoonish antics come after a new poll shows him defeating Sen. Max Baucus in a Democrat senate primary with the support of radical green groups.  Gov. Schweitzer continues to frighten residents and smear Billings-area employers during a tough economy just to better position himself for a new job in Washington.

“Equally buffoonish was the staged ‘protest’ in his office intended to make him look pro-employer.  Montanans know his senior adviser and political manager is the son of EarthJustice senior officials and has groups like that on virtual speed dial.”

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Obama's new civility?

Just months after Obama promised "civility" and a "new tone" in the wake of the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, White House and their allies claim Republicans are “putting a gun against the heads of the American people" and want to "blow your brains out.”

More proof liberals define "civility" the same way the Soviets defined "peace" - the absence of any opposition to them.

Ferguson lights up House members who voted to block light bulb ban repeal

Ferguson lights up House members who voted to block light bulb ban repeal

Ban forces consumers to buy from politically-connected ‘green’ speculators
Mercury in ‘green’ bulbs linked to birth defects
‘Green’ bulbs result in increased energy consumption

WASHINGTON – American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson sharply criticized the 193 U.S. House members who voted Tuesday against repealing an impending national ban on incandescent light bulbs.  While a majority of members voted for repeal the bill was to be brought to the House floor under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority to pass.  The motion failed on a 233-193 vote.

Sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) H.R. 2417, the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, repeals language in a 2007 bill the effectively bans the production of incandescent light bulbs starting in 2012.
“Monday’s vote by a radical minority of House members to block repeal of a national ban on light bulbs was an attack on jobs, family budgets and consumer freedom,” said Ferguson.  “You voted to punish your own constituents to fill the pockets of the ‘green’ speculators who fund many of your campaigns.”

“The light bulb ban fills homes with toxic mercury linked to birth defects, forces working families to spend more on bulbs and increases electricity consumption.  It successfully fulfills the environmentalist agenda of punishing Americans with higher prices for energy,” said Ferguson.
“If you are a House member who voted to ban light bulbs Monday, American Tradition Partnership’ large and growing grassroots support will hold you accountable,” said Ferguson.

A list of House members voting against repeal will be found at

“I want to personally thank Congressman Barton for sponsoring this bill to protect consumers and the public health,” said Ferguson.
Mercury, or-called “compact fluorescent,” bulbs consume more, not less, energy.  Research from the International Association for Energy-Efficient Lighting finds assembly of an incandescent bulb consumes 0.11 Kwh, but assembly of a mercury bulb consumes 16 times more energy, 1.8 Kwh.
Mercury bulbs also burn out quickly, often quicker than incandescent bulbs, if turned on or off.  Consumers must leave their lights on at all times to preserve the bulbs in order to avoid having to constantly buy expensive replacement bulbs.  Many mercury bulb users do this anyway, rationalizing they can afford to leave the lights on at all times assuming they are using less power.

The net result is increased energy use, the opposite of what mercury bulb advocates claim.

ATP does not advocate the election or defeat of candidates.  Powered by grassroots members, ATP is a fast-growing non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to promoting rational, responsible energy and environmental policies.

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Ferguson names names. The 193 House members who voted to ban bulbs.

The following is a list of the 193 members of the U.S. House who voted Tuesday to kill jobs,  ban affordable incandescent light bulbs and force consumers to buy toxic mercury bulbs.

Bass (CA)
Bass (NH)
Bishop (NY)
Brady (PA)
Braley (IA)
Brown (FL)
Carson (IN)
Castor (FL)
Clarke (MI)
Clarke (NY)
Connolly (VA)
Davis (CA)
Davis (IL)
Donnelly (IN)
Frank (MA)
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Griffith (VA)
Hastings (FL)
Jackson (IL)
Jackson Lee (TX)
Johnson (GA)
Johnson, E. B.
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Lee (CA)
Lewis (GA)
Lofgren, Zoe
McCarthy (NY)
Miller (NC)
Miller, George
Murphy (CT)
Pastor (AZ)
Pingree (ME)
Price (NC)
Ross (AR)
Rothman (NJ)
Ryan (OH)
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Scott (VA)
Scott, David
Smith (WA)
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Thompson (PA)
Van Hollen
Walz (MN)
Wasserman Schultz
Wilson (FL)

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ATP celebrates overturn of N.Y. fracking ban

ATP celebrates overturn of N.Y. fracking ban
‘If American Tradition Partnership can win in New York state, American Tradition Partnership can, and will, win anywhere.’

WASHINGTON – American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson congratulated New York state residents on their governor’s decision to lift a ban on clean water extraction, or “fracking,” Monday.

“This is a huge victory for American Tradition Partnership, which has been fighting to preserve safe, clean water extraction and the thousands of jobs it creates,” said Ferguson.

“I want to thank and congratulate American Tradition Partnership’s large and growing grassroots support.  ATP supporters in states across the country have been calling, writing and e-mailing their legislators in support of clean water extraction,” said Ferguson.  “Thanks to their support New York state is now on the side of good science and good jobs.”

“The fact thousands upon thousands of wells have been ‘fracked’ for 60 years, with no proven cases of groundwater contamination.  Clean water extraction is safe, clean, creates thousands of jobs and provides families with clean, affordable energy.”

“Sadly, the facts and clear science have not stopped radical environmentalists from engaging in a corporate-funded smear campaign.  Wind and solar corporations are spending big bucks to spread lies intended to terrorize Americans out of access to jobs and safe, clean energy,” said Ferguson.

“Monday’s actions were a huge victory for American Tradition Partnership’s clean water extraction campaign and a massive defeat for environmentalists,” said Ferguson.  “If American Tradition Partnership can win in New York state, American Tradition Partnership can, and will, win anywhere.”

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Ferguson slams Obama’s call for job-killing taxes on energy

Ferguson slams Obama’s call for job-killing taxes on energy
‘When it comes to protecting our jobs and freedoms there is no compromise.’

WASHINGTON — The nation’s largest grassroots advocate of rational energy and environmental policy criticized President Barack Obama’s call for crippling new tax hikes on energy consumers and employers.

In a White House press conference Monday, Obama called for future tax hikes on energy employers, which get their money from consumers, translating into higher prices for virtually all goods and services.

“Barack Obama has targeted America’s energy for elimination through a series of needless tax hikes,” said American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson.  “Obama’s agenda of carbon dioxide taxes, taxes on hydrocarbon developers and taxes on gasoline have killed the economic recovery. His agenda threatens our jobs and threatens our freedoms.  Our large and growing grassroots support have vocally stated their opposition to energy or resource taxes.  They have no place in debt limit negotiations.”

“American Tradition Partnership will hold accountable any legislator who supports taxes on energy, natural resources or energy or resource developers.  When it comes to protecting our jobs and freedoms there is no compromise.”

ATP does not advocate the election or defeat of candidates.  Supported by grassroots members, ATP is a fast-growing non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to promoting private property rights and responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources.


ATP: D.C.-focused Schweitzer hurting oil recovery effort for his own political benefit

ATP: D.C.-focused Schweitzer hurting oil recovery effort for his own political benefit
‘Montana needs a workhorse.  D.C. is getting a show poodle.’

BOZEMAN, MONT. – American Tradition Partnership Executive Director Donald Ferguson released the following statement Monday morning:

It is no surprise Governor Schweitzer’s decision to suddenly stop working with EPA officials and ExxonMobil and stage a grandstanding attack on a major Billings-area employer came just days after a new poll showed him within striking distance of grabbing a new job in the United States Senate.  The poll shows Schweitzer could defeat Sen. Max Baucus in a Democrat primary for his U.S. Senate seat by currying favor with multi-million dollar radical environmentalist groups hostile to Montana’s energy economy.

Governor Schweitzer’s performance Friday, in which he ignored the EPA’s scientific findings, attacked a local employer and deliberately misled Montanans, was intended to curry favor with left-wing D.C. campaign bankrollers who have openly declared their intention to shut down Montana’s energy economy.  His misleading, self-centered performance is exactly what one would expect from a politician who is reading poll numbers and focused on grabbing a lifetime job in D.C.

The fact is EPA officials confirm there is no serious pollution and the release was between 750 and 1000 barrels.  The fact is EPA confirms no detected volatile organic compounds or hydrogen sulfide in the air along the river.  The fact is EPA confirms no benzene in the air.  The fact is EPA confirms no hydrocarbons above drinking water levels.  The fact is EPA confirms drinking water is safe and the river water is safe for irrigation.

EPA officials tell me “the human health issue is resolved.”  The area is perfectly safe and is recovering rapidly.

The good folks here in Montana have handled this situation with class and dignity.  They are focused on restoring the environment and the local economy.

But when Montanans needed someone focused on their concerns Governor Schweitzer chose to do what he does best – focus on Governor Schweitzer.  When Montanans needed someone to lead Governor Schweitzer chose to grandstand.

Montana needs a workhorse.  D.C. is getting a show poodle.

The fact is local businesses near Laurel are hurting.  Some residents do not want to go near the site, despite the fact EPA confirms the area is perfectly safe, because Governor Schweitzer deliberately sought to scare them for his own political benefit.  Schweitzer chose to mislead and hurt local residents because it could translate into more D.C. environmentalist campaign dollars for a Senate run.

I have visited the site, been to local restaurants and businesses and have encouraged recovery workers and local residents to do the same.  I have also encouraged the EPA and ExxonMobil to employ local residents in the recovery effort whenever possible.

American Tradition Partnership is focused on helping Laurel and Billings recover.  It is unfortunate Governor Schweitzer could not take time out of positioning himself for a job in D.C. to join us in a constructive, positive effort to restore the local environment and protect local jobs.

His decision to curry favor with Washington D.C.’s multi-million dollar environmentalist lobby by pulling out of the recovery effort center, attacking a major Billings-area employer and deliberately choosing to frighten residents by misleading them about the condition of the area, is hurting Montanans for his own political benefit.

Montana needs a workhorse.  D.C. is getting a show poodle.

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House to vote IN HOURS on light bulb ban repeal

Please call your congressman at 202-225-3121 first thing Monday morning and urge him or her to vote YES on Joe Barton's light bulb bill.
The House will vote MONDAY on Congressman Joe Barton's bill repealing the national ban on incandescent light bulbs.
I need you to call, and to forward this alert to as many people as you can.
See, this bill must be brought up under special rules requiring two-thirds to pass.
And Gang Green's cronies on Capitol Hill are hell-bent on preserving the  ban that will limit to you either toxic, mercury-polluting CFL bulbs,  or LED bulbs that cost you $50 each.
So please call your congressman at 202-225-3121 first thing Monday  morning and urge him or her to vote YES on Joe Barton's light bulb  bill.  If you don't know who your congressman is, the switchboard  operator can quickly connect you to the right office.

NJ Dem pol's TV rant trashing Christie interrupted by lightning strike

ATP Executive Director Donald Ferguson statement from the site of the Laurel, Mont. oil release

ATP Executive Director Donald Ferguson statement from the site of the Laurel, Mont. oil release

LAUREL, MONT. – ATP Executive Director Donald Ferguson issued the following statement Friday afternoon from the site of the Silvertip pipeline oil release:

I am on site in Billings and Laurel meeting with officials from the state and the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the accidental release of between 750 to 1000 barrels of oil from Laurel’s Silvertip pipeline after large flooding scoured the river bottom and damaged the pipe.

Most importantly, I am meeting with the local residents whose lives have been upturned by the recent river flooding and this release.  Being forced to evacuate your home is upsetting and stressful, but you can count on Montanans to handle it with class, dignity and patience.  Local residents and the owner of the property where the release occurred tell me they are pleased with ExxonMobil’s response.  State Rep. Dan Kennedy, whose home is at the center of the incident, should be commended for his efforts to coordinate response with the local community and involve local workers in the ongoing cleanup efforts.

ExxonMobil has established a claims hotline number, 1-888-382-0043, to assist those who might have been impacted by this event, and they encourage members of the public to report oil to assist in the cleanup effort. Citizens should also call 1-800-259-0596 to report any signs of impacted wildlife so they can fully assist wildlife rescue.  Thankfully the impact on wildlife has been small.

EPA officials confirm there is no serious pollution and the release was between 750 and 1000 barrels.  EPA confirms no detected volatile organic compounds or hydrogen sulfide in the air along the river.  EPA confirms no benzene in the air.  EPA confirms no hydrocarbons above drinking water levels.  EPA confirms drinking water is safe and the river water is safe for irrigation.

EPA officials tell me “the human health issue is resolved.”

I am very impressed with ExxonMobil’s response to this release.  They recognized the seriousness of the situation, acted quickly and are sparing no expense in working to restore the environment.  This is how all companies should respond to unforeseen and rare incidents.

Residents were already concerned about the river due to high waters that appear they will not subside soon.  The accidental release only added to concerns.  Thankfully the release was limited and while the oil won’t go away as soon as we’d like the area is rapidly being restored, both by the ongoing efforts of ExxonMobil and nature’s own ability to clean up a natural substance.

The only similar incident I recall is when a major flood in Coffeyville, Kansas resulted in a release seven times larger than the Silvertip release.  No drinking water was contaminated, the oil was quickly cleaned up and what damage did occur was largely the result of the flooding.  Coffeyville experienced no long-term effects from the release seven times larger than this one.

Thankfully oil is an all-natural, organic substance that quickly biodegrades.  Anyone who has lived in an area where oil naturally seeps into creeks and rivers has seen that for themselves.  ExxonMobil is going out of its way to rapidly clean up the limited release, but nature itself is quickly cleansing the river.

The fact is no form of energy and no energy or environmental policy is without risk.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates about 440,000 birds are killed each year by wind power turbines.  That figure includes thousands upon thousands of endangered species and federally-protected migratory birds.  The Audubon Society is now working to shut down major wind projects that threaten entire bird populations.  The U.S. Forest Service is also working with the wind power lobby to clear-cut thousands of acres of sensitive forests near wind turbines to reduce turbulence and give turbines access to wind.

Solar cells and coal-powered electric cars require thousands of tons of heavy toxic metals extracted through intensive mining, often in countries with lax environmental standards like China.  Those toxic heavy metals end up in landfills and scrapyards where they threaten groundwater after the solar cells reach the end of their short service life.

Additionally, large solar “farms,” touted as “green,” require that heavy bulldozers “scrape” the earth clean to allow installation of the cells and remove any trees or other plant life that would block sunlight.  Native Americans in California have even been forced to sue after one solar power corporation threatened to bulldoze land that wasn’t just a sensitive ecosystem, but sacred to their people.

Laws intended to “protect the forests” by eradicating jobs harvesting dead, diseased and dying timber have instead annihilated millions of acres of sensitive ecosystems by allowing the spread of invasive pine bark beetles and needlessly providing millions of tons of dead and diseased wood to fuel wildfires.

Here in Montana, environmentalist efforts to import foreign Canadian gray wolves into the state have wiped out massive numbers of elk, moose and other native game herds and spread deadly diseases like brucellosis, tularemia, listeriosis and anthrax.  Environmentalist lawsuits and agitation to allow the spread of Yellowstone bison outside of the park have spread diseases like brucellosis, which kills countless moose and elk calves.

No form of energy and no environmental policy is without risk.  But thankfully this release has been small and ExxonMobil, and nature itself, are rapidly restoring the environment.  ExxonMobil has been a great neighbor and Montana citizen, and the residents should be commended for their calm, reasoned response to this incident and the recent flooding that caused it.

(Note: Donald Ferguson has paid for this trip out of his own pocket, and did not come at the request of any official or company.)

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As this point they've been 'shocked' more than a blind electrician

 A search for news articles since Friday referring to rising unemployment under Obama last month as "surprising" or "shocking" turned up 1,564 results. Isn't it amazing how the media are "surprised" by the same failure month after month after month?

Obama moves to ban cars that don't meet 'green' standards

"Future U.S. government fuel economy regulations could saddle auto makers with steep fines or even bar the sale of certain models," The Wall Street Journal reports this morning.

Fleet economy standards have been in place for decades, but traditionally have assessed only nominal fines to auto makers whose cars burn more gas than the law allows. The Obama administration wants to toughen those regulations, suggesting penalties that have car companies worried...," the Journal reports.

Unsurprisingly, the scheme is part of an EPA power grab.

"A key change from past rules: the Environmental Protection Agency would enforce and fine companies that don't meet standards for emissions levels, which are closely tied to fuel economy. Until this year, only the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was involved in regulating auto makers through fuel economy rules. The EPA became involved this year; but accommodations spare companies that violate emissions regulations through 2016," the Journal reports.

Dem school board candidate charged after trying run over pro-lifers

Charisse Espy Glassman, a Fairfax County school board candidate endorsed by the Democrat Party and U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) will have to drop out of the race to face criminal charges.

What was she charged with? 

As she pulled out of an alley near the Supreme Court Jan .24, she was asked to stop her car to allow pro-life marchers to pass by. 

Instead she laughed, gunned her engine and drove into them.

Liberals surprised when violent mobs carry liberalism out to logical conclusion

Why are liberals surprised by new wave of inner-city mob violence?

When you spend 50 years teaching people all their problems are society's fault, they have a right to others' property, and government is the agent that will use its monopoly on legally-sanctioned force to exact revenge and redistribute wealth, don't be shocked when they eventually realize it is quicker to eliminate the middle man.

The psychosis of liberalism:

The top 50% of income earners pay 97% of all the taxes (the top 25% pay 86% of all the taxes.)  The bottom 50% pay just 3% of all taxes.  According to Obama, making top income earners pay even more is "shared sacrifice."

Know your pre-American American history. Scotland's "Declaration of Arbroath."

"...for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."
- Scotland's "Declaration of Arbroath," April 6, 1320, declaring Scotland's independence from England.  You can read the Fergusson translation of the original Latin here.

It was one of first times in history men declared the powers of the state to be limited and subservient to the interests of the individual.  Some 450 years later, it would help inspire the wording of the United States' own Declaration of Independence.

July 2 - Independence Day?

Technically speaking, today (July 2) is Independence Day. The Second Continental Congress approved that day a resolution of independence, written by Virginia's Richard Henry Lee, formally severing ties with Great Britain.  The Declaration of Independence was more of the "press release."

The Lee Resolution read:

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought 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.
That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances.
That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation.

Philadelphia newspapers reported the Congress had that day declared independence and John Adams would write, "The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."