Freedom Matters–The Declaration of Independence Part 3

This is the final entry on the Declaration of Independence.  I encourage you to read Part 1 and Part 2 first, if you have not already done so.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

In our current context, this is actively being done on talk radio, through various local events like those sponsored by various Tea Party groups, and by small local meet ups sponsored by groups like Freedom Works.  An out of control government with no enforced checks and balances is a tyranny, and we are no doubt heading in that direction.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

Again, the afore mentioned groups like the Rea Party and Freedom Works.  Interestingly, Tea Party groups are now receiving letters from the IRS demanding certain information that really is none of the government’s business.  You can read about this here and  here, though these are not the only examples.

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.

Next, we will examine the Articles of Confederation, the constitution before our current Constitution.

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