The Declaration of Independence: Don't Tread On Me

Have you read the Declaration of Independence? You really should, so you’ll see where we came from and the fact that we’re going back to the tyranny we fought a war over. This is the final part of the series on the Declaration. Let’s begin.

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.

With that paragraph the Founders cut all ties to England, leaving the final outcome to the Creator, success or failure. Think we can get away with seceding today? Not happening. The last time it was tried we had the Civil War(dumb name, war isn’t civil). The Federal Government would not allow it. And that was less than a 100 years after the Declaration. Now state governments are so dependent on grants and federal matching funds, they don’t want to get off of the government teat. Your state governments sold your freedom out for cash.

We defied one tyrant, fought for freedom, and birthed a nation based on the foundational right to live your own life as long as you do no harm to others. We have been moving steadily backwards from the ideals that founded America, and we should be ashamed. The power is in the people, and we abdicated that authority to faceless bureaucrats. We have a choice, Dependent or Independent. Which are you?

Next week, I’ll look at the final paragraphs and see if we suffer under the same today.

What are your thoughts about this?

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