The Declaration of Independence

Please, before reading this post, read The Declaration first. And preferably, have it up while you read this so you can go through it with me. Feel free to share your thoughts, agree, disagree, expound, etc. Thank you.


Definitions

Unalienable: Inalienable; incapable of being alienated, surrendered or transfered.
  • Alienation: a withdrawing or separation of a person or person's affections from an object or position of former attachment.

Prudence: sagacity or shrewdness in the management of affairs.
  • Sagacity: the quality of a keen mind.

Despotism: a system of government in which a ruler has absolute power.

Assent: to agree or concur.

Inestimable: incapable of being estimated or computed.

Depository: a place where something is deposited, especially for safe keeping.

Appropriation: something set aside by formal action for a specific use.

Arbitrary: determined by will or caprice; selected at random.

  • Caprice: a sudden whim or fancy, an inclination to do things impulsively

Charter: an official document granting rights or privileges (as to a colony, town, or college) from a sovereign or a governing body.

Abdicated (abdicate): to give up or relinquish (as a throne) formally.

Perfidy: violation of faith or loyalty.

Insurrections: an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or established government.

Consanguinity: blood relationship.


Thoughts

As I read through this time, defining words I either didn't understand or wanted a more precise grasp on, I noted things that stood out to me as important. In case you hadn't guessed, this is going to be a looooooooooong post.


1. "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." - 2nd ph, 3rd sen.


This is under the list of "truths... self-evident" in other words, common sense. I agree with the Founding Fathers. If a group of people is being oppressed, they do indeed have the Right to change their existing government. No one wants to be treated the way these people were. They left Britain for a reason, and that reason followed them. The way I see it, they are doing what they feel they must.

2.  "...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." - 2nd ph, 4th sen.

Why do we do this? Are we not doing it now, here in America? Of course, we really did this to ourselves. We voted. We are so blessed to have the system of government we now have, that one man cannot serve as the head of our country for more than eight years. This also applies to a great many other things. Do we have the house we want? The car we want? The relationship we want? All of these things are TRULY in our power to change, and yet we generally put up with them. Is this human nature? I guess it must be, we do it so often. Granted, change is difficult to do, which is probably why we don't, even when it's best for us.

3. "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." -2nd ph, 5th sen.

We have a DUTY to change the existing government when it is not in compliance with our basic "unalienable rights". A duty! What is "duty" to you? Is it an obligation? A privilege? An ability? My cool new fancy dictionary says this: conduct or action required by one's occupation or position. To me it means all of those things. When we are being over powered by a government that refuses to listen to our will, as "the people", we have the obligation, the privilege, the requirement and the ABILITY to change it. Change is hard, but it is well worth the work it takes. If we can keep the end result in mind as we go through the change, whatever that might be, the change will happen faster. Stop focusing on the problem, and put your energy into a solution. This is our duty in all areas of life, not just politics.

That's only three thoughts, and I really didn't go into detail because I was trying to keep it short for you. I'll save the rest for another day. Let me know what you think. 

Thanks for reading!

The Page Traveler

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