Originally intended as a formal statement justifying the 13 Colonies’ (though, really, only eight colonies had formally agreed to) break with Great Britain and become the independent United States of America.
Originally delegated to be written during the Second Continental Congress by a committee comprised of elderly northern elites John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, Roger Sherman and the youngest of the bunch, the only southerner, a 33 years-old young pup by the name of Thomas Jefferson. At the time, TJ was noted as somewhat shy and not a good public speaker, but his skills as a writer were already well known amongst the earliest of Americans.
History tells us the earliest draft of the DOI was written in its entirety by TJ, with consultations and some additions by Ben Franklin and John Adams. Once completed the final draft was sent to the whole of the committee during which no correction or additions were made prior to its introduction to the Congress.
For the most part, Jefferson’s draft was a list of grievances directed at the numerous wrongs done to the colonists in the name of the Crown. However, it is TJ’s elegant, yet urgent, simple and universal in their meaning, words of the Preamble that are remembered today.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable 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.” -DOI
With these hallowed, famous words of justice and equality before them, by the time of the adoption of the DOI (July 4th,1776), 12 of the 13 colonies had agreed to permanently leave the British Empire. On the day of the formal signing, probably August 4th, representatives from all 13 former colonies, now the ‘united states’ signed. It was an act of defiance. It was an act of Treason. It was the actions of revolutionaries, and of those who dared and dreamed to live in a country free from arbitrary rule and the whims of a madman. It was intoxicating and so communicable. It was, after all, freedom.
In the year of our lard-laden of thought (if any) and body (much) president, 2020, we find ourselves faced with a similar political reality, of what we now call a Constitutional Crisis. A review of some of the earlier mentioned grievances in the DOI reveal a striking similarity to the problems at hand.
- He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
- 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 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 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:
The words of the DOI, with slight modification, again prove remarkably prescient;
The history of the present King of (Remove Great Britain) America a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.
In America, we are not subject to rule by monarch or monarchy. We agree to a representative form of government (a republic), but only by government that derives its power from the explicit consent of those who would be governed. Anything less is abhorrent to the DOI, the US Constitution and the will of the American people. Anything else does harm to our unalienable rights and is, thus, an illegitimate government. A tyrant, a despot, or perhaps a mean, brutal, unthinking and uncaring orange thin-skinned sociopath, a mere pretender to a golden throne that does not, except in his own little warped mind, exist.
“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.” –DOI
I believe that now is again one such time where our natural rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are under attack by a madman who would be king. Who, in his own self-interest, means to inflict and maintain great injury, including by allowing the influence of foreign powers into our democratic way of life, upon the very people he has taken an oath to protect and to serve.
By my right as an American beginning with my rights under the DOI, I do not consent to be ruled by a monarch. As is my right as an American, I hereby demand we abolish this illegitimate reality circus show of a monarchy, the monarchy, if necessary extending to those in Congress or the Judiciary Branch who would aid and abet the scurrilous traitor who currently occupies the White House. As one American to another American, is there anything less we can do? I believe not and respectfully, by signing below, I dissent.
Did you get your fill of Phil?