Today marks another year, The Colonies declared independence. We all think we know the story, but what drove the colonists to get to the point where most of them were so fed up with the kings rule? What decisions were done that drove the colonists to leave? Let’s look into the leading document itself: The Declaration of Independence.
“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.” This first paragraph of The Declaration is this. The colonists understood there had to be a respect between them and the king, and it was their time to “assume among the powers of the earth,”. They also understood that the respect that was to be had was not mutual, hence the reason for this document. They continued, “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.” (One of Obama’s favorite phrases for mockery, but he forgets the next line) “— That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,” Now, the second part of the “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” part suggests governments are created by man, with granted powers from the ‘common’ or people like you and me: “the governed”. “The governed” does not create these laws, and the colonists understood that as they mentioned “Nature’s God” and “The Laws of Nature”. As Calvin Coolidge says in a speech/letter called Have Faith Massachusetts, “Men do not make laws. They do but discover them. Laws must be justified by something more than the will of the majority. They must rest on the eternal foundation of righteousness.” They understood man was imperfect and having laws imposed on them to such a harsh degree, was unjust and I would call just plain wrong. Again, hence The Declaration In the first place.
What were these laws and/or rules? Hold on, I’ll get to that part. You’re also probably thinking, wait, the colonists didn’t like the king, so they wanted to go their separate ways, what’s the big deal? The king saw it as a big deal, and so did the colonists. The colonists believed it was the people’s only option to overthrow such despotic tyranny. Here are their words: “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.” These men would be labelled as terrorists by Obama’s standard. They loved this land so much, but they hated the government. They wanted their own form of government. In 1777 they proposed such form, but that was nearly eighteen months after this declaration. They needed to say something quick. They believed it was the “duty” to throw off such a despotic government. That same kind of mentality led itself past the Articles of Confederation and into the Constitution we know and love today. Are you ready to hear the list of grievances yet? Here they are:
“He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.” This is saying the King has refused to acknowledge the laws the colonists were passing.
“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.” Ignoring the colonist’s welfare.
“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.” Only laws of tyranny and oppression were to be passed, giving the king more rule and authority of law over the colonists.
“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.” This one I had to look up. You can read it: HERE. Basically, some “situations” happened in Virginia and Massachusetts.
“He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.” Man, not only were the founders slave owners but they were also sexist because of that “manly firmness”? The best answer I could find was from a yahoo question page which led to some further investigation about one of the said instances in Massachusetts. Which, I’m guessing, helped lead to the famous Boston Tea Party in December of 1773.
“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.” There are actually two subjects here. One: The king actually “had the right to ‘dissolve’ Parliament, that is to end the sessions of the legislative body. This would be the same as the president canceling legislative sessions and dismissing all serving congressman and senators. New ones must be elected.” Can you imagine such a tyrannical move? If the king didn’t like what kind of laws were being passed, he could say, ‘Nah! I don’t like those. Get new people in’. Two: The king wasn’t protecting the colonists from foreign or domestic invasion. The King could impose his will, and not give a crap about them at the same time. Like a slave that is told what to do by his master, and his master doesn’t care if he lives or dies because he can always find another.
“He has endeavored 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.” Basically people couldn’t become americans and the colonists who lived in the colonies couldn’t move throughout the new land. In 1763, the King made it illegal to migrate west of the Appalachian Mountains. Why? All because he wanted to make sure the natives that were living there would remain his best friends. After all, the Natives and the English sided with each other during the Seven Years War. This was more an act of hoping the Natives would continue to side with the British in keeping the colonists “at bay”, if you will.
Honestly, I could go on and on, but I want to bring attention to ones that caught my eye. You can always read the entire Declaration in a very short amount of time. The studying up and learning of the history is fun and I encourage each one to do the same, just, maybe not at 4 in the morning. So these next ones I will mention will kind of bring a mindset for today to show just how far we have drifted from Jefferson’s and the rest of the founding father’s vision for America.
“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.” I don’t remember the constitution talking about the IRS or the FCC or even the EPA.
“He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.” This is where the Third Amendment comes from.
“He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.” For all of those left-wing communists who label themselves ‘democrats’, this is why the second amendment is there and why guns like the AR-15 shouldn’t be banned. There are more people in the civilian/private sector than there are in the government. It’s our duty to protect this nation from foreign or domestic oppression.
“For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent”. The 17th Amendment was passed in 1913 bringing in more progressive ideals without much of the nation’s knowledge. More taxes and more fraud has been going up ever since.
“For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury,” Amendments 5, 6 and 7 can be traced back from this.
In the last three paragraphs that Jefferson wrote, were to express how they have asked, “in the most humble terms” their independence. Earlier I wrote, the colonists believed it was the people’s only option to overthrow such despotic tyranny. The reason? “A Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.” What is also stated is that this isn’t the first time they have contacted the King with such requests. It was always peaceful but very to the point. The King was the one who responded by sending 20,000 troops to the colonies.
It is now that we come to the final paragraph of one of the most well written “break up” letters in history. “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.”
I’ll leave you with this: notice the last sentence which point’s out their “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,”. Can you imagine such phrasing in today’s government? We try to rid ourselves of God when the founders were about to go to war with the most powerful military in the world with nothing but faith. Faith from God.
It’s Monday, and I can’t think of anything more inspirational than that.
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