Declaration of Independence

Today is a celebration of our independence.

 Thomas Jefferson stated in a letter to Henry Lee dated May 8,1895 : Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion. 

In 1775 Thomas Paine wrote a pamphlet titled Common Sense. This is still believed to be the preemptive that took this topic to the people stirring up debates on the street. It was written using bible references and scripture that supported independence.

Can you imagine having to write the Declaration? No pressure there. You’re in a committee of five and they decide you should write the first draft. Oh yeah, and you have seventeen days! While still doing everything else you need to do. You work nights getting it done then bring it back, they add their two cents you rush and rewrite then congress lets it lie on the table, then it meant that everyone was to consider it. Three days later congress gets together and talks about it for a day.

I don’t know about you but that would have been an interesting day to sit and listen. I’d love to hear which one’s put their foot in their mouths. Seriously, I love a good debate! Not to mention the wigs, come on! You know that was a funny sight!

After finally having a vote, that took some political moves, it was passed. But Then congress went into yet another debate and cut about a quarter of the text? In a speech by Pauline Maier she states that Jefferson noted the way his draft had been “multilated” by congress.

Having  served it’s purpose of breaking control from Britain this congressional declaration has grown to serve more purposes. Even having been “mutilated’ I still believe John Adams,   Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman did get their message out there. Self-evident truths and unalienable rights were not covered so succinctly in either the Bill of Rights or the Constitution.

So what’s up with the history lesson?

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.  

That is the fifth sentence in the declaration. It took time for them to declare the Independence of the United States but first it took the people of the United States to speak up. Today we celebrate not a single act but the actions of many.. today is a celebration of the people of the United States!

 

 

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