"We the people, in order to form a more perfect union."
Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America’s improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution (?!?) finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.
Learn some history Mr. Obama. Learn some basic United States history. The men who wrote the Declaration in 1776 did not travel across the ocean to write it. They lived here. They were colonists - British subjects no less - who got fed up over unfair taxation and revolted. Many of their ancestors came here willingly to make a better life and to be able to gain access to something they didn't have a whole lot of in England: Land.
Are you denying the actual Declaration of Independence as the declaration of independence? Ok, how about the Articles of Confederation? Are you saying the founders of the country got in ships to flee the British Crown, got off the boat, held a convention until 1787 and their declaration of independence was the Constitution? What about all the people who died in the Revolutionary War?
I was not impressed by the speech. But the opening words made me laugh as soon as he started.