强国之道–了解美国系列之精彩视频之一

美国作为当今世界唯一的超级大国,在近百年来左右着全球的格局和秩序。那么,美国如此强大的原因在哪里呢? 带着这个问题,我们一起来考察美国的强国之道。与此同时,也学习一下一些经典的英文文章,提高广大烤鸭和英语爱好者的英语水平。

要了解美国的立国之本和价值理念,需要读一读写于1776年的《美国独立宣言》(The Declaration of Independence)。下面是由一众好莱坞明星朗读这个宣言的视频。请大家结合中英字幕认真看看,特别是我列在后面的句子。

 

经典语句:

1)We Hold these turths to be self-evident ,that all men are created equal,that they are endowed by their with creator certain unalienable rights,that among these are life liberty and pursuit of happiness.

我们认为这些真理是不言而喻的,人人生而平等,造物主赋予他们若干不可剥夺的权利,其中包括生命,自由,和追求幸福的权利。

 

2)That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

为了保障这些权利,人类才在他们之间建立政府,而政府之正当权力,是经被治理者的同意而产生的。

 

3)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.

当任何形式的政府对这些目标具破坏作用时,人民便有权力改变或废除它,以建立一个新的政府;其赖以奠基的原则,其组织权力的方式,务使人民认为唯有这样才最可能获得他们的安全和幸福。

 

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