King George III was a tyrant. Most every person in the American colonies was aware of his despotism and intolerance. However, those oppressed men and women grew weary of the Crown’s neglect and imposition. As Great Britain escalated its plunder of the colonies and intensified its troop strength, the colonists sent 56 of their brightest and wisest men to Independence Hall in Philadelphia to debate and draft a formal Declaration of Independence in hope of setting Great Britain and the rest of the world straight about America’s intentions to dissolve ties with the Crown.
The reasons for secession were both fundamental and profound. The colonists were disillusioned by King George’s failure to give the American Colonies formal representation in Parliament. All-the-while, King George had squelched every American attempt at forming representative bodies, domestic laws, and naturalization of immigrants to America. But with every new tax on America’s colonists or tariff on precious imports; with every spilt drop of American blood at the hands of the British Army, the people grew in opposition and the Revolutionary War became the primary mechanism for all who were tired of unrepresented taxation, unjust trials, and unwarranted murder.
For the first time in recorded history, the people of America agreed that all men were created equal. As well, they rightly asserted that each man had natural and unalienable rights bestowed by their creator and that a government established by the people shall serve the people. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness was now the universal theme of the oppressed and defeat of the oppressor was the only solution.
Those brave Americans were willing to sacrifice everything in order to establish a new republic and to have the new republic become an example for the world to follow. They even formulated a contingency, which was meant as the underlying principal for which the Declaration of Independence was drafted and as a guide for future domestic tyranny.
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.
Today, Americans are being taxed to their eyebrows; and then taxed in such disparity among the people as to create social unrest. Yet, the federal government grows.
Freedom of religion is interpreted as freedom from religion and more of America’s God given morality goes the way of self-absorbing taboo. Yet, the federal government grows.
The federal government foments class envy and caters to the poorer constituency in the guise of fairness; all along knowing that the dependency that it creates will drive the next brood of conformists. Yet, it still grows.
State’s rights are being tamped under-foot of a federal government that demands strict compliance with every inordinate and arbitrary law or regulatory restriction. Yet it still grows.
The courts have become an enforcer of executive whim as the legislature sits impotent on its hands. Yet the federal government continues to grow.
Unrestricted, the federal government has parlayed its power and increased its numbers. Americans can no longer trust major departments of the executive branch for fear of retribution, exclusion, or invasion of privacy.
They continue to enforce antiquated or enigmatic laws while summarily dismissing others. Essentially, the federal government is in the business of picking winners and losers, rewarding enemies of the republic, and diminishing the rights of the faithful.
237 years after the Declaration of Independence was drafted, Americans are growing weary yet again. Is it time to revisit this grand document?
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