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Natural Law: How WE THE PEOPLE got to the 4th of July, 1776 - Part 1 of 2

As the day of this Country’s 237th Anniversary of our Declaration of Independence approaches, let us take this opportunity to revisit and discuss the events and circumstances that inspired the subjects of the American Colonies to revolt and declare independence from King George of England.

King George III & his "Divine Right of Kings" precipitated the 4th of July, 1776
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This won’t be the same old, dull rehash of the enumerated list of grievances the colonists had petitioned King George for relief from and were denied. You know that list from primary and secondary school: the King’s failure to enact laws necessary for the fair and proper governing of the colonies, the King’s failure to listen to and act upon the Colonists Petitions for Redress of Grievances, the King’s punishment and reprisal of those involved in said Petitions, the King’s failure to provide the colonies with adequate protection from external invasion and internal strife, No Due Process and the King’s failure to establish a Colonial Judiciary and his refusal to abide by the Rule of Law, the King forcing American Colonists to quarter large numbers of military troops and failing to adequately supervise them, his cutting off the Colonist’s trade with the rest of the world and inflicting other economic unfairness, taxation without representation, unreasonable searches and seizures and restrictions on free speech, free press and freedom of assembly [(and a host of other grievances). You can view the entire list by reading the Declaration of Independence [http://goo.gl/buq6I]

While these individual trespasses, that partially explain what happened on the 4th of July, 1776, are important to acknowledge, focusing on them obscures the bigger picture of a series philosophical epiphanies, enlightenments and events that would alter the future trajectory of humankind. While you watch fireworks this 4th of July, ponder this: The American Revolution was an intellectual revolution as much as it was a military revolution. The entire oppressive, overwhelming, all consuming Socio-economic-political status quo of the Old World was overthrown and cast off.

The new Socio-economic-political paradigm that replaced the old status quo resulted in the tremendous expansion of individual freedom and liberty as well as great improvement in the quality of life for each individual. On the 4th of July, 1776, 13 American colonies had trembled at the thought of declaring independence from what was then the greatest power in the world. However, these enhancements to the lives of every individual under the new American Socio-Economic-Political Perspective of Reality allowed the 13 American colonies to rise 170 years later as the greatest socio-economic-military power on earth.

The American Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July, 1776 was not just a Declaration of Independence from King George of England. It was also a Declaration of Independence by every American Colonial Subject from King George’s Perspective of Reality on the Nature of Mankind and the proper relationship of the between government and the governed.

“Huh? What the heck is he talking about?”, you are thinking to yourself. Relax and get ready to enjoy the wild ride adventure that led to our American Declaration of Independence and the formation of a new country. A country made up of former subjects, now self proclaimed citizens acting with their own Self-Determination. And, within a newly realized Perspective of Reality regarding the Nature of Mankind and the proper relationship between government and the governed.

This wild ride begins by recalling the fall of the Roman Empire and the descent of the Western World into the “Dark Ages”. Out of the political and economic chaos of the Dark Ages arose a Socio-Economic-Political system known as Feudalism [http://goo.gl/QqbHt] and the institutionalization of a Governance Doctrine known as the “Divine Right of Kings” [http://goo.gl/BHJHt].

The Governance Doctrine of the “Divine Right of Kings” meant that the King/Queen/Head of State (hereafter “King”) was a God or the representative of God here on earth. As such, no earthly being had the right to challenge the King’s authority or decisions, as they were a god or divinely inspired. Quite simply, the King was never wrong. Your parents may have declared to you, “My roof, My rules”, but King’s essentially declared, “My Country, My rules.”

Further, the King owned all the Land. No Person could be upon the King’s Land without the permission of the King or his representatives. No person on the King’s land had any rights, instead they had permissions and privileges; The King’s Permission (and privileges as he so desired). And the King’s permission (and privileges granted), including the permission to simply be on his land, could be revoked at the Kings discretion (whim). And that is why such persons are called subjects (as we shall more dramatically demonstrate later in this good read).

The King allowed certain persons the privilege to manage portions of his lands. These persons had a wide variety of titles, but for our purposes we will just refer to them as “Nobles”, “Lords” or “Aristocrats”. In exchange for being given the privilege to “manage” a portion of the King’s land, the Nobles were required to supply the King with Tax money and soldiers for the King’s Army. In turn, the Nobles collected taxes from anyone who lived upon the land the King had granted to the Noble and paid the King his required portion. And, when necessary the Noble pressed into military service some the subjects, when insufficient volunteers could be found to meet the Kings requirements for soldiers.

And with that foundation laid, the writer entices you to read onward with this teaser. Perhaps you did not notice this writers phrasing of the first paragraph of this writing:

“…that inspired the subjects of the American Colonies to revolt and declare independence from King George of England.”

It is impossible to fully grasp the perspective of reality of a person living under feudalism and the “Divine Right of Kings”. However, to more fully appreciate the scope of change the American Revolution represents, it is important that you try to intimately understand the “Perspective of Reality” of a “subject”. That is to say, a person living under the Socio-Political Governance Doctrine of the “Divine Right of Kings” and the Socio-Economic System of Feudalism. To do so, this writer asks you to participate in the following exercise.

To avoid unnecessarily offending any particular Nationality, you are going to envision yourself as the subject of an unnamed Country whose rules are an amalgamation of the written and unwritten rules that existed in the many countries of Old World Europe and the American Colonies during the Renaissance (1300-1700AD)[Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492 (AD “discovers islands near America) [http://goo.gl/LSf05] This exercise requires you to “inhabit and visualize the internal pressures, restrictions and constraints subjects living under the Government Doctrine of the “Divine Right of Kings” would have had to place upon themselves at all times in order to survive and avoid consequences”. (For the younger among you, think of this like setting up your character for a computer role-playing game. Your goal here is to survive.) Are you ready to start?

OK? First add each of the following rules to your Feudal Subject Perspective of Reality:

  1. The King’s power is absolute. It cannot be questioned or overturned;
  2. Only the King can own land, you can’t.
  3. You have no rights, You have only the permissions and privileges from the King and/or the King’s designated privileged representatives (Noble or Lord);
  4. It is by the King’s ultimate permission alone that you can do anything in or upon the King’s land, even simply walk. Your family and your friends also are allowed to be on the King’s land only by permission of the King and/or his designated representatives;
  5. You can use some of the King’s land with the kings permission, but only as long as you pay the homage and taxes the king demands to the King and/or his designated representatives;
  6. By the King’s word alone, you, your family and your friends can be thrown off the land upon which you reside and even out of the Country(or worse);
  7. The King is the final arbitrator of justice. The king can search the place where you reside and/or work anytime. The King can detain and/or imprison you anytime. If the King says you are guilty, you are guilty. If the King wants to punish your family and or friends for your crime, they are punished. If the King commands your torture, you are tortured. If the King sentences you to death, you die. There is no Due Process of Law(even more so if you are a serf and not a freeman afforded justice through the “Law of the Land”;
  8. The King can establish a religion and make the practice of any other religion a crime. The King can let a religion punish any person for anything a church calls heresy;
  9. The Printing Press (1439AD) [http://goo.gl/FAIpQ] [http://goo.gl/4amhR] has not been yet been introduced into the Western World, or at least there are not enough of them to have any great impact on society yet. At this time, almost no one goes to school and more than half the population is totally or functionally illiterate. All of your knowledge comes to you from persons with wealth and time to provide you whatever knowledge they care to provide you. And this boils down to the Church, the King and the King’s loyal, privileged Aristocrats and Nobles. If somehow you learn information or form ideas contrary to the beliefs and positions of the Church and/or the King and dare to speak them out loud, you may be charged with treason or heresy. And therefore, the King, the Church, the Nobles and the Aristocrats provide almost all of the information which forms your personal perspective of reality. And this collective Aristocracy only gives you information which ensures the continuity of the status quo.
  10. Now add to this that you and your family are living on the edge of survival. Missing one day’s wages can mean death. You do not have the resources and/or wherewithal to survive moving from here to someplace else within the country, let alone to another country. Being forced to leave where you currently reside will result in great hardship which you and your family may, or may not, survive. And the Black Plague is still strikes fear in the population.

Now that you have immersed yourself in your role as a “Subject” Perspective of Reality, let us take it out for a test drive. Wake up!

Ok, you have just woken up and are setting on the edge of your straw filled mattress… What else would it be filled with, you’re the town thatcher. You fix the lower middle class folk’s flats and huts that have thatched roofs made of straw and mud (or worse). As you sit there, you reflect on your life. You thank God you were born a freeman and not a serf. [In your country’s recent history, 60% of the population were serfs. Serfs were “peasants legally bound to the land. Serfs had to provide labor services, pay rents and be subject to the lord’s control.” – essentially slaves. (http://goo.gl/EGBr4)]

You have your own luxurious 2 room flat/hut. ( no running water, sanitation or refrigeration mind you) You are one lucky man [Sorry, you have to be a man – if you are a woman living in these times statistically you would likely be doing whatever your father or the man who paid the largest dowry for your hand in marriage wanted you to do [At this point in time the invention of the Western Notion of Romantic Love born of the French Troubadours (@1250AD) applies only for aristocratic women and was not practiced in the same way then as it traditionally supposed to be practiced today]

You are a skilled laborer; instead of an oaf or serf bound to the land and only qualified to work as unskilled labor at much lower wages. You are a thatcher because your dad was a thatcher. As a skilled thatcher you make a far better living than a serf or an oaf. Another thatcher tried to move into town but the Sheriff urged him out of town at the Noble’s direction. You are a thatcher because both you and your father have always demonstrated loyalty and respect toward the king and the Noble upon whose land you live and work (and paid your taxes).

You have a wife (who you purchased with a very small dowry) Her appearance is commensurate with your small dowry. She was also was born into the lower class. You have 3 children – 2 boys ages 14 and 5 and a daughter age 13. You would have 6 children, but 3 died of disease before the age of 5 despite the Noble guaranteeing the doctor’s fees. [You are living towards the end of the Renaissance (1300-1699AD) http://goo.gl/q0tKI. It is important to remember that during your lifetime, children of your socio-economic status are considered adults at age 14 (except during the 16th century children did not become adults until their father’s went before a Judge and had them declared adults). [http://goo.gl/nko7U]

You are thankful to your God because the Church, King and Nobles tell you to be. You know the earth is the center of the Universe and that the Sun revolves around the Earth because the Church tells you so. You go to that Church because the King and Nobles tell you to. You know the king is the representative of your God here on earth because the Church, King and Nobles tell you so.

You have all that you have because you know all the written and unwritten rules to obey in order to not have some or all your permissions and/or privileges from your King and your Noble terminated.

What follows is your list of activities for the day. Along the way, you will encounter some “Termination of Permissions/Privileges” Landmines. You must navigate around these landmines to maintain your family’s standard of living and quality of life:

  1. Now that you are awake and your wife and children have served you breakfast. Afterwards you instruct your wife to tend the garden and then to take your daughter and youngest son out to the forest to pick berries to supplement the family’s diet. You do not worry for their safety, because everyone relies upon your trade and they know you are in good standing with the Nobles. Strangers can’t freely come to your area because the Sheriff is enforcing a quarantine as a result of nearby out break of the Black Plague.
  2. You and your oldest son (almost a man himself) are off to your first job of the day. Your son has already loaded your tools and materials on your cart and is ready pull it to your destination.
  3. You tell your son to take the most direct route to the job as you are going to go a couple blocks out of the way to drop off taxes at the Sheriff’s office. (Without your son, you would be pulling the cart yourself.)
  4. At the Sheriff’s office you pay what you can and ask if you can pay 2 chickens to make up the difference. You explain it has been a particularly dry summer with much fewer calls for roof repair. The Sheriff agrees. However, the Sheriff also informs you taxes are going up next month to fund the King’s new war. The Sheriff also warns you that your jealous neighbors have started a rumor that your wife is a witch. Not to worry though; as you are a good, loyal subject the Noble assures you he will see to it the rumors are nipped in the bud.
  5. You rush back to catch up with your oldest son before he reaches the first job. You must catch up to him before your son reaches the job because these folks live next to the Noble’s castle. They are complaining about the repair job your son previously did on his own.
  6. You catch up to your son. He has stopped to flirt with the fruit and vegetable girl. You weigh the pros and cons of that relationship and then you disapprovingly interrupt them. You need to get your son’s botched thatch repair inspected and fixed before a rumor starts and your good reputation is destroyed.
  7. As you continue, your son complains he does not want to be a thatcher; he wants to be a Knight and compete in jousting tournaments. You weigh the pros and the cons, and then tell him it simply is not in his stars. [A Knights Tale http://goo.gl/9fgfg](In your mind you determine that his slight build due to malnutrition, makes wasting a favor from the noble for a dream your son is not well suited for, imprudent)
  8. Your son then mentions to you that the 14 year old daughter of the Noble flirted with him while he was performing the botched repair. In your son’s wild, unbridled naïve exuberance of youth, he speculates that the two might marry allowing him to study and train to be a Knight or even a Noble. Knowing the precarious position this encounter exposes your permissions and privileges to, you scold your son to know his place in the world and never speak to the Noble’s daughter again. You tell him the whole thing was just his imagination. Nobles do not marry commoners, period! You are horrified by the thought of your son being caught having sex with the Noble’s daughter. With the monumental consequences of this landmine in mind you bark at your son, “Do you understand? Tell me you understand the consequences and will have nothing further to do with the Noble’s daughter!” Your son nods yes with that reluctant look of defiance teenage boys emote so well.
  9. You arrive at the job. You greet the home dweller’s wife and ask her to apologize to her husband on your behalf for your son’s lack of craftsmanship. But, you explain, “It’s the only way he will learn”. You and your son climb on the roof and inspect the repair. It’s certainly not as good as one of your own, but it got the job done. You go through the motions of re-repair anyhow for appearances sake. You scold your son in front of the home dweller’s wife again for appearances sake. The home dweller’s wife feels guilty and admits she complained at the Noble’s daughter’s request and with some small compensation. She explains that the Noble’s daughter wanted to see your son again. You spy the Noble’s daughter hiding around a nearby corner. Your son does not see her or pretends not to see her. You and your son leave for your next job.
  10. A short distance away, you run into the Noble riding horseback. After the initial greetings, the noble invites you to lunch with him at a nearby shop. You send your son with the cart ahead and onto the next job. You offer apologies and try to excuse yourself with pressing job demands and inability to pay. The Noble insists and says “my treat”. You know you can’t refuse without risking your permissions and privileges. And off to the local coffee house you go. Over lunch, the Noble informs you that his people advise him that you handled the situation between your son and his daughter to his great satisfaction. The fact that you know, not only your place, but also your son’s place, pleases him greatly. Further, the Noble advises you that the King needs more men for his war. He advises you that he was going to suggest to you that your son might make a good pike-man in the King’s army. However, in light of how you handled this young love situation, he has reconsidered. He notes that as you are getting older, you will come to rely on your son more and more to assist you in your profession. (A none to subtle hint as to part of what will happen should your son forget his place again) Next, in what the Noble intends as good news, the Noble asks what dowry amount you were asking for your daughter. He indicates that the Sheriff’s son has taken an interest in her. Flabbergasted, you reply that you don’t know what a proper amount would be and ask the Noble his advice. (All the while, you feel your 13 year old daughter is too young for such talk but feel trapped by the implied consequences of refusing or not skillfully maneuvering yourself out of the implicit command. Bulkier dresses, no more hair ribbons and more time in church for her you think to yourself) The Noble’s 1st response is, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have an ox or a mule to pull around that cart of yours?” Yet, as you have proven your loyalty to the Noble, he does not press the matter. You thank the Noble for lunch and part on good terms. One Landmine avoided but one still smoldering.
  11. You hurry to catch up with your son, afraid that he is not thinking with his head and has forgotten his place. (No need to worry though; unknown to you the Noble has already had his people pick up his daughter and take her to the local Nun Cloister)
  12. On the way to catch up with your son, you hear the Town Crier announcing the general tax increase, the call for volunteers for the King’s Army, and the new tax and a permit required to hunt deer, trap rabbits and/or pick berry’s in the King’s forest;
  13. You are happy to find that your son has stopped half way up the hill to the next job to rest and not gotten into mischief. You are glad that the steep hill has sapped his energy and dampened his ardor. You help him pull the cart to the top of the hill while thinking to yourself how hard it would be to do this every day by yourself (and how nice it would be to have an ox or a mule). You also think to yourself how lucky you are that the Noble did not force your oldest son to join the king’s army.
  14. You arrive at and finish your second job without much problem. And also your third and fourth job of the day.
  15. Despite how tired you are, you decide you are going to stop by the church to make a contribution, thank God for your good fortune, ask the priest for advice about your son and your daughter and to have the priest talk to your son about his lustful urges and knowing his place in the world.
  16. Outside the Church a group is discussing the fate that awaits some fool by the name of Galileo (1633AD) [http://goo.gl/7hsNr]. The fool is under house arrest for teaching the heretical and ridiculous notion that the Earth is not the Center of the Universe and the Earth revolves around the sun. “Pure heresy” you think to yourself, “If this guy was a nameless commoner they would just draw and quarter him”. Another person commnets, “Kepler got off easy. The Catholic church only made that Protestant bastard keep moving from place to place” for asserting a similar heresy. Meanwhile, someone continues, “Even if you accept his ludicrous proposition, after Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake in Rome (1600AD) [http://goo.gl/HPdKf], only a fool or an idiot would persist”. Everyone agrees that the heretic deserves such a fate for his blasphemy. You scuttle by to avoid the conversation so you won’t have to assess its potential as permission termination landmine. But as you make your way to the Church door you wonder, “Did those men really believe what they were saying or were they hoping to maintain their permissions and/or privileges and/or gain favor by siding with the ruling class position?”;
  17. Inside the Church you make sure a priest sees you make your tithing [(donation) http://goo.gl/OYNOm]. You send your son off to pray while you go speak to the priest about your concerns. The priest says he will talk to your daughter after Sunday Mass but will speak to your son now. He will also make the appropriate inquiries about the situation with your daughter. The priest suggests your daughter could become a nun and join the cloister to avoid the situation, if necessary. But on the other hand, he continues, would it be so bad to be father in law to the Sheriff’s son? While the priest talks to your son, you pray. You thank God for your good fortune, ask for divine guidance in matters of your son and daughter and dare to pray for more rain (so more roofs will need repair).
  18. You leave the church, with your now sullen son. He does not want to speak about his conversation with the priest;
  19. Outside you overhear a group of people talking about the Sheriff running someone out of town. Someone who lived near the Noble’s castle. You see a familiar face. You ask who got run out of town and learn it was the family who claimed your son botched the roof repair so the Noble’s daughter could see your son again. (You recoil at the thought of that particular permissions terminating landmine.)
  20. The group turns to the topic of the King’s new taxes. (You think to yourself, “This is just the reason I don’t join group discussions – This discussion is definitely a Permissions Terminating landmine – Must make excuse to abruptly leave”) Your son starts to speak but you sternly interrupt and send your son home, instructing him to tell your wife you will be home shortly. Meanwhile, from within the group you hear, “Tomorrow, a group known as the “Men of Letter’s” [http://goo.gl/PDGZd] [http://goo.gl/KyNMN] is meeting with the local debating club at the local coffeehouse to discuss the King’s new taxes. (You think to yourself, “Note to self – No Coffeehouse tomorrow – Are these folks all mad? Do they not realize the permissions/privileges termination landmine attending this debate will be?) You announce you must leave because you don’t want to eat your wife’s cooking cold. And then make your exit.
  21. You get home only to find your wife tear-stained and supper not ready. Your wife explains that she and your children just got home a little while ago. They were jailed for picking berries without a permit. Your eldest son interjects that the King is a jerk for raising taxes and tyrant for taxing the natural bounty of the forest. You sternly and forcefully admonish your son to never speak ill of the King again. Your submissive wife, knowing her place, has held her tongue during your tirade against the words of your eldest son. When it seems appropriate, your wife continues. “When the Sheriff came in, he asked his deputies why they had locked us up. When the Sheriff learned I was the thatcher’s wife and these were your children, he flew into a rage and immediately released us. Then the Sheriff made his deputies apologize to all of us. And then he told the Deputies that for any infraction, short of murder, treason or Court order, we were to be allowed to go home while they immediately informed him of the situation. The Sheriff told us he knew the lack of rain had been bad for your business. He told me we could pick berries without a permit until the end of the month, but then even he had to submit to the will of the King and the Nobles.” Your wife continues by admiringly saying, “Husband, I had no idea what a powerful and respected man you are. This entire family and I are lucky to have you as father and husband. Our eldest son can learn from your manly example. I will get a meal on the table just as quick as possible.” “If she knew the truth…” you think to yourself, ”Does a real man let himself be treated like this ?”(but then again, how do you even know there is any different possible reality).
  22. Before supper, you wife says the blessing. She thanks God for the great man and provider you are. During supper you inform your family that no one is to go near the coffee house tomorrow. You regale them with the Noble having bought you lunch today which further enhances your image to them. (Even if their image of you is based on a flawed perception of reality, you still enjoy the feeling.) You edit the conversation greatly. You tell the family the King is looking for Pikeman for his army, in the most discouraging, but not Permission and/or Privilege terminating, way possible. You do not mention the issue of the Sheriff’s son being interested in your daughter because you are waiting to hear back from the Priest. You announce that next Sunday you all will be attending church in your best clothes.
  23. With the Children in bed, you and your wife go to bed. You reject your wife’s amorous overtures motivated by her false perception of your manliness. Today’s hard work and difficult maneuvering through the permissions and privileges terminating minefield has left you exhausted. As you lie in bed, you thank god for the permissions and privileges terminating landmines he helped you to avoid today. But you are tormented by those landmines left smoldering from today and the new landmines you will face tomorrow. You know the precarious reality in which you live. At the King’s, the Noble’s or the Sheriff’s whim, all that you and your family have could be gone. It is with this depressing, distressing Perception of Reality that you fall in to a restless, fitful sleep. “But at least you are a free man”, you console yourself.
  24. Your are awakened by the nightmare of your family being run out of town by the Sheriff. You roll over and spoon cuddle with your wife. And you try to go back to sleep. All the while the truth gnaws at you, “My family sees me as a great and powerful man; How pitiful they do not know my true plight. I can only hope that they never find out that their Perception of Reality of me as a great and powerful man is simply false. It is built upon my pathetic total submissiveness to the King, the Noble, the Sheriff and the rest of the powers that be in this apparently godforsaken country.”

But wait, you cannot have such thoughts because you are unaware that any other form of existence exists. All you know is what the King, the Noble, the Sheriff and the Town Crier tell you… Strike all that enlightened thinking… You have no way of knowing there can be any other Perspective of Reality. You King tells you it is his law and Your Church tells you “It is God’s will”. And with all of your sources of information are controlled by your king or your church, you only know the Perspective of Reality they want you to know.

So instead of thinking of yourself as a pitiful, submissive man you just thank God you are a freeman and a serf or an oaf. You are a lucky man doing the best you can in world of God’s design… You are just happy to be a free man.

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than they who falsely believe they are free”

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Now that we are done with the exercise, “How fun was that?” For you younger folks who viewed this as computer role playing game, how did you like playing the role of a “subject” Is this writer correct in presuming that “subject” character and the choices this “subject” was faced with character weren’t very fun nor exciting? And you were only imagining it, imagine living it. And you only know how enslaved the thatcher subject character was because you have been exposed to the American Perception of Reality based on…. Wait, hold that thought for a while.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THE “SUBJECT” ROLE PLAY EXERCISE?

With this immersion in the life of a subject through this exercise, you now have an inkling of what it was to be a Subject living under the Governance Doctrine of the Divine Right of Kings. Similarly, you know what a bleak, repressed, restrained, constrained, forlorn, hopeless, resigned, frustrated happiness-stifling Perception of Reality Subjects operated under within such governance doctrine.

Under the Governance Doctrine of the Divine Right of Kings, subjects had little or no control over their own lives:

  1. You had no rights – You had only permissions and privileges that could be revoked upon the whim of the King and/or his privileged Nobles;
  2. There was no right to be “Secure in your person”.
  3. You had no control over your personal destiny. Your social class at birth would most likely be your social class at death; Your occupation would likely be that of your father, if the King and his Noble’s permitted it;
  4. Justice was often arbitrary. Injustice and/or amoral government acts were given the appearance of legitimacy as institutionalized and government sanctioned acts;
  5. There was little freedom of thought. You only knew what the King, Aristocrats and the Church wanted you to know. And any belief or idea that was not sanctioned by the King and/or Church that you dared to utter, or put in writing, was subject to brutal reprisal and/or punishment;
  6. There was no free speech nor freedom of assembly;
  7. There was no government transparency nor accountability;
  8. There was no freedom of Religion;
  9. Your standard of living and quality of life were contingent on your perceived absolute loyalty to the King and his representatives;
  10. And if you were a woman, for most the situation was far worse.

This was the Perception of Reality that inhabited the minds of the American colonist until a relatively short while before they Declared Independence from the King of England. And it is the ability of the American’s colonist to overcome this oppressive Perception of Reality that makes the American Declaration of Independence far more amazing and earth shattering than the mere military fight for Independence that ensued.

And this is where the wild ride to the 4th of July, 1776 really begins. How did the Revolutionary American Colonist overcome this depressing, repressive Divine Right of Kings Perspective of Reality? How did they dare to cast off the only Governance Doctrine they had ever known? How did they create and reduce to writing a Governance Doctrine wholly different from the only one they had ever lived under? How did they cast off a System of Permissions and replace it with a System of Natural Law with individuals having “certain unalienable rights”? How did the Revolutionary American Colonist become the first British Colony to Declare Independence and successfully cast of British rule [http://goo.gl/jchhS]? These points were the "intellectual fireworks" that marked America's Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July, 1776.

We have already listed and/or referenced the many common complaints of the American colonists in 1776. But now you are about to hear, the rest of the story....

TO CONTINUE READING: Sometime tomorrow a link to part two will appear

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Those were my thoughts.

In Closing:

Thank you, my fellow citizens, for taking your valuable time to read and reflect upon what is written here.

If you seek original thought, read me; If you want the same old, tired false left/right alleged 2 different major political party paradigm propaganda and dogma, read someone else.

Please join with me in mutually pledging to each other and our fellow citizens our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to our mutual endeavors of restoring liberty and economic opportunity to WE THE PEOPLE as our Founding Fathers envisioned and intended. [Last Paragraph, Declaration of Independence http://bit.ly/ruPE7z ]

This article is written with the same intentions as Thomas Paine http://ushistory.org/paine. I seek no leadership role. I seek only to help the American People find their own way using their own “Common Sense” http://amzn.to/kbRuar

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Keep Fighting the Good Fight!

In Liberty,

Don Mashak
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The Conundrum: WE THE PEOPLE are forced to work part time without compensation for the cause of #liberty with what is left over of our time, money and energy, while our #Government works full time with compensation and funded with our money for the cause of #Tyranny.

WE THE PEOPLE TAR #WETHEPEOPLETAR
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End the Fed(eral Reserve Bank System) #ETF
National http://bit.ly/ta3Rju Minneapolis http://bit.ly/tjZJKF

Lawless America #LawlessAmerica
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Justice in Minnesota #JIM
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Bring Home the Politicians #BHTP
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Term Limits #TermLimits

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Get out of our House #GOOOH
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Critical Thinking Notice - This author advises you as no politician would dare. Exercise Critical Thinking (http://bit.ly/ubI6ve) in determining the truthfulness of anything you read or hear. Do not passively accept nor believe anything anyone tells you, including this author... unless and until you verify it yourself with sources you trust and could actively defend your perspective to anyone who might debate you to the contrary of your perspective.

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