THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
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THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENCE
A SHORT STORY
Written by Dr. Rick McGrath, Ph.D.
The Declaration of Independence could have been easily called, “The Declaration of Independence From the King’s Crimes”. Though in the opening paragraphs, we get our forefather’s narrative, the larger part of the document lists the reasons independence is being sought by way of outlining the alleged crimes of the King against the people.
Based on the reasonableness of the people, it was believed that it was a matter of Natural Law that political independence could be assumed.
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.
The second section of the document provides us inspiration in which our Preamble is derived. It also provides us an assertive right known as the “right of revolution” when government violates those rights. Thereby giving right for it’s people to “abolish or alter “ that government.
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 shown, 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.
To provide a precise outline of charges as recorded on the document the following charges against the King were recorded:
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 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.
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 harass 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 neighboring 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 complete 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.
The concluding section of the “Declaration of Independence” is the signature section. This section assert that there exist conditions under which people must change their government.
Today, our great country faces many challenges ahead. I question if this is the country that our forefathers and our previous countrymen fought and died for. Much blood has been spelt and to imagine that most of it was in vane, creates an emotion that revelation but revolution is needed again.
It doesn’t take much to stretch the imagination in reading our “Declaration of Independence” to assume the government today very well may be guilty of many of the alleged crimes the King was accused of.
It has to be questioned in who’s benefit is the government, our government working for. Is it really the good of America’s people or for the few that prosper off the backs of it’s people? Similarly as it was in our forefather’s time, the King demanded more taxes. Where is the justice in sending our men and women to fight in conflicts that last for years on end? Too much of our money paid in taxes are given away to foreign governments and factions to keep them bribed. Shouldn’t more be done at home? If we send our military personnel to risk their lives for the so called cause of freedom, shouldn’t we declare through our system of laws, “war”?
Why the secrecy that our government uses. Is it to keep the American public in the blind. Is it because of their fear of public outrage calling an end to their secret plan?
Time and time again, the Administration finds itself having to damage control double language. Embarrassing for sure. What about their acceptable “Kill List”? A ‘Kill List”?
How does that fit in with liberty and justice for all. How about “Trial by Jury.” Sorry for my candor but it sounds like one of many reasons our forefathers decided it was time for a new Independence, a new way to govern.
Perhaps in the end, it is time we make changes. To continue down the path we are proceeding will lead our great Nation to further decline and eventually collapse. Our monetary system is on the brink now. It is difficult to reconcile the need to pay past governing officials who have retired hundreds of thousands of dollars for services rendered. Their jobs while important never called for them to risk life and limb. Justice should be served and compensation paid accordingly. Perhaps our emergency response personnel, police officers, firefighters who daily leave their homes with no certainty of return should receive more when they retire. Again, justice needs to be served and compensation paid accordingly.
I know the question we all ask is “What can one person do? What can I do?” Well to start with this is the twenty-first century. We have at our disposal technology that we freely use everyday. It’s called social media. I have friends, you have friends, our friends have friends and their friends have friends. As you can see it wouldn’t take long to get the word out. It’s time to take action, write or make one phone call to your local Congressman’s office. Let that person know how you feel about these kinds of issues and that those issues matter and matter to you. Our generation is the generation of the baby boomers, the hippie generation, make love and peace, not war. We are of a period in history that had movements. Our songs had movements of carrying signs, sit-ins, taking it to the streets. It is who we are.
America the ball is in your court. “We the People” must make a decision. Our future and our children are counting on an America they can trust and believe in. A political passivity no longer can be tolerated. Let your voices be heard. Let the “Declaration of Independence” mean something.
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