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Reading of the Declaration of Independence

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A host of celebrities including Mel Gibson, Whoopie Goldberg, and Michael Douglas perform a live reading of the Declaration of Independence in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA. For more information and teaching materials, check out: http://doiroadtrip.wordpress.com/
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Gemini Jake (4 hours ago)
2:07 - ...ill be there for you! Cuz youre there for me too! Ill be there for you! ...cuz youre there for me too...!
BrettSlaterVA (11 days ago)
Felt good pride as I listened to this. When the "Saving Private Ryan" Overture came on though, thaaaat's when the tears started coming.
Hasulee Induwara (12 days ago)
wow this was a much better way to do brexit
Jahsiah Bowie (22 days ago)
OMG!! Thomas Jefferson and all the other delegates are sooo dramatic!! Just say “yeah I think we need some time apart” and BOOM independence
Frank Stola (23 days ago)
Infernal460 (24 days ago)
3:45 Whats wrong with that.
Jack Daniel (25 days ago)
im watching this stoned this is so hilarious
Jack Daniel (25 days ago)
06:24 i mean realy
Grace Bayan (26 days ago)
And help is on the way!
Grace Bayan (26 days ago)
Using scientific weapons to distemper your. Children!!!
Grace Bayan (26 days ago)
Using civil Aviation to terrorize the People's
Kimm3r (27 days ago)
9 years ago......please let's bring it back~
Clayton Hardy (28 days ago)
should have had Tom Hanks read as well
Catye Eisenhower (29 days ago)
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American Paisa (30 days ago)
6:24 🤣👍🏽
HorseDickNetwork (1 month ago)
All men are created equal. But yet black people were slaves, native Americans were killed and thrown out of there own land and women served as care takers who weren’t aloud to vote or have an opinion. Kinda ironic.
powerboyj roblox. (1 month ago)
Everyone has become a bystander these days, but who can blame them? When you have social standards in a country that lead to such dangerous mindsets and the way we accept stress without considering the health damages it may bring (and yes, stress can give you all kinds of health damage, mentally, physically, and emotionally) and not doing anything productive to remove them, that can cause catastrophic thinking that can end up spreading to other people when anyone with those traits has some sort of power. We never question anything unless its obvious, we're forced to go by prejudice and just accept things even when they seem shady. Ergo, bystanding. I do think however that people would probably be more motivated if they knew HOW things got this bad.
Raghav Narula (1 month ago)
I have to memorize from 0:00 to 2:19
deedle6785 (1 month ago)
And most of these lib f**kers don't believe it.
Kaden Rinker 02 (1 month ago)
bobbys momma lol
Rylee Hoskins (2 months ago)
0:30 1:00 0:43 0:40
jhon basil (2 months ago)
Many won't believe this, but this is proof that the U.S. had a policy of genocide on native Americans at 6:24 The UN defines the policy of genocide. One of them is taking children away and assimilating them.
Olivimus the'Primal (2 months ago)
Is the girl reading at 1:51 the woman who played the part of Will's mother in stranger things?
Ella Mendez (2 months ago)
Yes it is
TehGodLord (2 months ago)
But who wrote this?
DRKTROOPER15 (2 months ago)
Too bad it was read by a bunch of assholes (the celebrities)
red brown (2 months ago)
whole speech is a fucking lie the written document is a lie all they do is lie
Stone that speaks (2 months ago)
And half of them are communists
Ace of games Gamer (3 months ago)
sweet document
Jay Flippen (3 months ago)
1:30 - 1:49 I think it is interesting how Nat Turner's "rebellion" actually embodied the stoic spirit that the United States declaration of independence had detailed. Unfortunately there were 120 more black people who died as a result of Turner's embodiment of the declaration's claimed values. It is also interesting how much focus was placed on rhetoric a couple hundred years ago, while overtly ignoring the basic human rights and dignities of others. I sure as hell would never want to have to deal with these unconscious Nimrods. Sometimes reality can take a little too long to hit people in the face. Monopoly on violence and duty to throw of such government 101. Traitorous, unpatriotic, shallow Nimrods with wigs 102. Nat Turner infinity. All have already died, and the lying Nimrods with wigs sure as hell never truly lived by my own standards... and by their own standards too, actually.
Jay Flippen (3 months ago)
People might actually heed these words if they got some more popular celebrities to do this video with some better music and more advanced rhetoric. Sesquipedalian nobody home- nobody inside your cranial dome.
Payton L (3 months ago)
0:21 that one guy from ant man
Big Boi (3 months ago)
God bless America
mrdave2112 (3 months ago)
This sounds good but all that happen was the exchange from one tyrannical form of government to another form of tyrannical government. Obey, consent, or be killed by your caring government. It is all about taxation.
Spörde Spyrdenstein (3 months ago)
Too bad there are leftists who want to repeal the constitution on this video.
Smartteaser192 (3 months ago)
Where is Morgan Freeman? Up there in the heavens giving them authority to govern?
Jacqueline Knauff (4 months ago)
I am not happy where I am
Jacqueline Knauff (4 months ago)
Avery Carlson (4 months ago)
Is that Edward norton, Kevin spacey, Whoopi Goldberg, and Michael Douglas I see?
WhiteyTighty (4 months ago)
Avery Carlson Kathy bates too?
ryancb60 (4 months ago)
Anyone think its funny that the only part that mentions indians as savages is read by a native American.
owo its Mr donut girl (4 months ago)
Craigloves1987 (4 months ago)
He has this , he has that . What I didn't hear was the King has put British troops in the line of fire to defend us against the French and Indians in the seven year war . He then created a proclamation to protect these same native people from the colonists in their relentless push for more land and by doing so preserved life. He has given you free land and made you tax exempt from the very same costs of protecting you. He has tried in vain to negotiate even as late as 1781 with the rebels to prevent the civil war claiming more British colonists lives and separation but the same rebel tendencies you had was the very reason you left the mother country in the first place . He has begged for tolerance to those still loyal to the crown in the colonies and not the persecution that was given out indiscriminately. He had been fighting every major European world power over the a world theatre at the time and was as a consequence heavily overstretched. He had wanted you his subjects to remain British........ just please stop this patriot Hollywood bullshit and expand the narrative. You were gangsters and land racketeers in a law less society where a free for all culture existed in the quest for land and greed.
TheRecklessGamer (4 months ago)
and here we are 9 years later and people are abusive the rights that those before them gave their lives for and only following the bills of rights or U.S. Constitution when it suits them and them wanting to take out the parts that block their plans to abuse the people. Yes im talking about the abuse of the snakes that we have for elected officials mostly on the left side of the aisle.
kamil zurna (4 months ago)
How beautiful it is to pay the Injun to confess the savagery of his people and make him shut the fuck up after that. I was anxiously waiting for that part and i am not disappointed. U.S.A U.S.A U.S.A fucking cunts...
brian g (5 months ago)
When and where was this?
Yevgeniy Zharinov (5 months ago)
Let these celebrities read the Constitution.
D.A. Risse (5 months ago)
Many of those shown reading this do not take it to heart.
Juan Glaser (5 months ago)
2 many child Rapists/Pedophiles in this line up, hear this Read out loud by them 😒 I hate !
Deadlocked (5 months ago)
Jared Perez (4 months ago)
Deadlocked the queen
Craigloves1987 (5 months ago)
Isn't Mel Gibson Australian ?
Bean she (5 months ago)
Smug Cunts
Susanne Koch (5 months ago)
what an irony in itself.
Zyzor (5 months ago)
Death to traitors and rebels
Mr McGomez (5 months ago)
AC Gorham (5 months ago)
this cost 2 mil in taxpayer money
Rin pham (5 months ago)
Stuart Sheil (6 months ago)
i wonder .. if these actors now look at their antifa .. controlled by the British left .. who now take arms against the people of America the public ... tgey use the democrats to stop any others free speech by bulling .. slanderous.. and in time vilonce .. against any one who wont vote democrats .....
BLR (6 months ago)
Lol. I find it Simply Outrageous that these people read these lines with such vigor and fortitude and have no real belief or concept of the validity and stature of the document that they recite. True, they recite its passages well and with years of trained practice ease. This great documents words are profound and timeless, but the documents great wisdom are lost on these here that recite it. Their recitals are but souless and faithless nonetheless. For as Ben Franklin was quoted; "Well done, is better than well said."
jay legirons (6 months ago)
It is deeply disturbing that those persons reading such a great document, do not believe in it as written.
RightWingKing (6 months ago)
Like any of these celebrities actually care about our constitutional republic...
Matthew Millslagle (6 months ago)
J Scott Upton (6 months ago)
If the central idea contained in the Declaration (all men have rights...governments are instituted to secure their rights...) then anti-liberty policies like the income tax, social security, medicare, federal welfare programs, and many other federal programs would not exist. We would also have a system of hard money instead of the phony fiat money we have today. Unfortunately our rights have NOT been secured by this government. They have been violated by men with "good intentions". The federal government was NEVER suppose to be involved in the lives of its individual citizens...even when "intentions are good".
bockmaker (7 months ago)
In Congress, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political 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 hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, 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. 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.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people. He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands. He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers. He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance. He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States: For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world: For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury: For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies: For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments: For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us. He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation. He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions. In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people. Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends. 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; 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; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
bockmaker (7 months ago)
Delaware: George Read | Caesar Rodney | Thomas McKean | Pennsylvania: George Clymer | Benjamin Franklin | Robert Morris | John Morton | Benjamin Rush | George Ross | James Smith | James Wilson | George Taylor | Massachusetts: John Adams | Samuel Adams | John Hancock | Robert Treat Paine | Elbridge Gerry New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett | William Whipple | Matthew Thornton | Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins | William Ellery | New York: Lewis Morris | Philip Livingston | Francis Lewis | William Floyd | Georgia: Button Gwinnett | Lyman Hall | George Walton | Virginia: Richard Henry Lee | Francis Lightfoot Lee | Carter Braxton | Benjamin Harrison | Thomas Jefferson | George Wythe | Thomas Nelson, Jr. | North Carolina: William Hooper | John Penn | Joseph Hewes South Carolina: Edward Rutledge | Arthur Middleton | Thomas Lynch, Jr. | Thomas Heyward, Jr. | New Jersey: Abraham Clark | John Hart | Francis Hopkinson | Richard Stockton | John Witherspoon | Connecticut: Samuel Huntington | Roger Sherman | William Williams | Oliver Wolcott | Maryland: Charles Carroll | Samuel Chase | Thomas Stone | William Paca |
SterlingSteve (7 months ago)
So how many of these people were later found to be rapists? My count is "Most of them"
Carl Mac (7 months ago)
We need to flood Facebook with this as they want to ban this as hate speech, we must let Facebook that they can't ban this no way.
100mm tube of justice (7 months ago)
yeah, and look where we are now, half of those doing this reading wont be seen in the same room with the other half,
FirstDraftFree 4 (7 months ago)
Whoopu Goldberg? The Lefty hater of Republicanism from The View ? The Republicans who freed her people from the chains of the Democrats?
jim geiser (7 months ago)
I first read the Declaration of Independence this past Wednesday. For years I'd stand in line at the National Archives to get a glimpse, and a short one at that. But this Wednesday the entire Declaration of Independence was printed out to read, so I did. Donald Trump might want to read the document as well. He seems to have forgotten about 'Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness'.
jim geiser (7 months ago)
Kind of tells you what kind of a sonofabitch King George III was, doesn't it?
charles miller (7 months ago)
The king sounds like the left
Glen Horta (7 months ago)
Believe it or not you're still doing it!
Jy Byrd (7 months ago)
I really wish all these monsters, communists, rape apologists, and child molesters weren't reading this beautiful document. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain
Shadow Master 3 (7 months ago)
In hindsight it is amusing to see these people reading such a sacred document of democracy, these abusers, pedophiles, alcoholics, drug addicts, human traffickers have been systematically exposed for their own crimes against their fellow human beings. As they all fall in grace so will this video be archived onto the shelves of infamy. God has no room for these fakes.
dan sanchez (7 months ago)
Would have been nice if these hollyweed hypocrites actually followed the constitution instead of they're self causes of socialistfsscisms.
Auntie Anansi (7 months ago)
♥️God bless America & God bless President Trump♥️ “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen as His heritage!” Psalm 33:12
Barbara Langdon (7 months ago)
Take it down.
Dawn Edwards (7 months ago)
One big collection of hypocrites, most of whom now disgrace this document that gave us all our freedoms.
Bob Smyth (7 months ago)
An abomination. It is analogous to Satan and his minions reading scripture.
William Getty (7 months ago)
Kevin Spacey child molester, little boy lover.
Lilith Lilith (7 months ago)
Could've done without Wynona... 🤷
littlewing61 (7 months ago)
Do these actors realize that they are going against everything they preach today and backing everything President Trump does and brings to America in every policy and action he takes? I am not a republican or a democrat, just an American that believes in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of America. I believe they both stand for something that proves people can rise above nature and their base animal qualities Just saying...… Feel free to disagree....after all it is America and your right! You will not even get shot or imprisoned for having a different point of view! (maybe by ANTIFA, but not by real Americans or your government)
billybushmaster (7 months ago)
Ya we gave up one king a 1000 miles away for 40000 a 1/2 a mile away police officer are not Peace Officers and Peace Officers are Not police officer (aka policy enforcers ) and Policies are not LAW codes are NOT LAWS! !!!!
raym1955 (7 months ago)
Anyone can read it and recite it, even those that hate it. I don't need a bunch of spoiled actors and actresses, quoting something they don't understand.
James (8 months ago)
Pedo talking about rights and liberty.
6120mcghee (8 months ago)
"Life, Liberty, and the pursuit fo Happiness." That sentence alone.
Elijah the prophet (8 months ago)
Fuck Hollywood there is always an agenda
attatae (8 months ago)
Hard to concentrate with all the surprise appearances
Keith Fletcher (9 months ago)
macy lawler (9 months ago)
Renee Zellweger
AveMarie Meleisea (9 months ago)
AHA ITS KEVIN SPACEY just saw that dude in Call of Duty😂😂😂😂
Gu Gavin (9 months ago)
a new page of the civilization of human beings. and luckily it keeps their promise from the beginning of its establishment. God bless this country, and this country give blessings of all hearts of freedom.
Jason Morgan (10 months ago)
While I support these words and the spirit of this document to the up most certainty. I do find it amusing most of these celebs reading here are mostly and actually opposed of these great words and principles. Boo on them.
Nick Hurley (10 months ago)
kill yourselves
C C (10 months ago)
Why is Kevin Spacey in this ? Delete it !!!!
Scott Kerley (10 months ago)
Dismiss all of your Hollywood movie cash, Millions. Come to work with the rest of the Americans after Marine Corps service and 35 years of hard physical labor. I bet you all made fifty grand plus to do that video. If i'm wrong, did you take a day off of work? You make more in one week then the voting people make in one year. P.S. Working class Americans don't fuck children.
Sid Howard (10 months ago)
Interesting they used a Native American to read the most racist part of the declaration.
Jose Francisco Medeiros (11 months ago)
Thank you for putting this up, it's time for new Government in America, the Politicians are doing nothing about our jobs being sent to other countries and allowing our data accessed remotely by them, and the Americans who have lost their jobs and homes as a direct result. I am tired of being called a loser for being jobless and homeless. www.nohomelessleftbehind.com
shrewd33 (11 months ago)
Why is that thing Whoppie here, is this a joke?
AlmightyMan01 (11 months ago)
oh look they have found some pedos and whores to sell america....no one buys whores dude
The Works (1 year ago)
Fuck Kevin Spacey, piece of shit.
ArrowDynamic (1 year ago)
9 years later.........
Janaya Nolan (1 year ago)
Bro why the fuck did they allow Mel Gibson in
George (1 year ago)
sounds like they were telling Obama this.

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