Declaration of Independence

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Heritage on the Declaration of Independence: ...


Almost fifty years later, Jefferson described the Declaration as “an expression of the American mind…. All its authority rests … on the harmonizing sentiments of the day….” The Declaration weaves together philosophy, theology, and political history, both the American mind and American experience. A secular document, the Declaration nonetheless needs religion for its authority. Thus, God is mentioned or referred to four times, in three capacities: legislator (Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God), Creator (or executive), Supreme Judge of the world, and as guardian (divine Providence).

... Read it again especially the second paragraph that begins with:
source: ... We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness; that, to secure these rights, 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
... Check out the difference between today & yesterday (1776) on freedom, private property & respect for the direction of government.


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Mark de LA says
M 2012-12-04 11:26:33 16328
The Obamafish has been removed now from the body of the item now try again or not.

<== note: This is the international symbol for this item has no Obamafish. Remember an Obamafish is like a red-herring which sidetracks those infected with Obamaphilia so that they immediately feel the need to defend Obama from whatever real or imaginary criticism they perceive to be happening anywhere in the neighborhood of the item.  It is sort of like food labels like "this item has no peanuts but was processed in a plant which processed peanuts."

Mark de LA says
seth 2012-12-05 09:27:39 16328
I think you are asking for a comparison of the yoke of today's government to that of colonial 1776.  Any such comparison would be not just a little bit like comparing apples and oranges since today's society is outrageously larger and more complex and functions on completely different assumptions ... so i wouldn't want to extrapolate to any kind of conclusion ... but it is an interesting thought problem nonetheless. 

English society of 1776 still consisted in part of feudal lords and kings who owned the property and surfs who did the work and were given in return protection and minimal sustenance.  The middle class of tradesmen and craftsmen was emerging in the cities.  I really don't know how much of that was transferred to the American colonies ... but i suspect a great deal.  Thomas Jefferson in his grand estate of Monticello was nothing short of a feudal lord.  His surfs were slaves.  In that regard, the yolk of his government was extreme and absolute.  But what was the relationship between the colonial lords and the King back in England ?   I really don't know too much about that ... i would need to do more research.

I rather suspect that the tradesmen and craftsmen were left unregulated ... in that sense there may have been more freedom.   Yet it may have been a simpler life with less dangerous hazards.  I don't know how much profit the markets of the day allowed tradesmen and craftsmen to make nor how much they were allowed to keep for themselves.  Again, more research is necessary.

The Declaration of Independence was not about a middle class of workers, tradesmen, and craftsmen rebelling against the King of England imposing taxes.  Rather, imho, it was about a  wealthy land owner's class not having any say or representation in a whimsical governance coming from across the ocean.  It was a no-brainer.  What was the King thinking ... he had his head in a 15th century cloud. 
The principles of freedom are, IMHO, timeless! They are the same all over the world.  They represent the best aspiration of human beings.  Liberty, Equality, Fraternity - the cry in the French Revolution.  We could tease them out in modern language and contexts a bit, but the Declaration & Constitution have served us fairly well over the last 236 years.
[see also: item 16332]

Mark de LA says
Ponder the meaning of freedom in the Declaration & then ponder Ron Paul's Final List of questions.  At least the freedom lasted 236 years & 5 months - not bad!

This is extracted from his Farewell to Congress address.

Excessive government has created such a mess it prompts many questions:

  1. Why are sick people who use medical marijuana put in prison?

  2. Why does the federal government restrict the drinking of raw milk?

  3. Why can’t Americans manufacturer rope and other products from hemp?

  4. Why are Americans not allowed to use gold and silver as legal tender as mandated by the Constitution?

  5. Why is Germany concerned enough to consider repatriating their gold held by the FED for her in New York? Is it that the trust in the U.S. and dollar supremacy beginning to wane?

  6. Why do our political leaders believe it’s unnecessary to thoroughly audit our own gold?

  7. Why can’t Americans decide which type of light bulbs they can buy?

  8. Why is the TSA permitted to abuse the rights of any American traveling by air?

  9. Why should there be mandatory sentences – even up to life for crimes without victims – as our drug laws require?

  10. Why have we allowed the federal government to regulate commodes in our homes?

  11. Why is it political suicide for anyone to criticize AIPAC ?

  12. Why haven’t we given up on the drug war since it’s an obvious failure and violates the people’s rights? Has nobody noticed that the authorities can’t even keep drugs out of the prisons? How can making our entire society a prison solve the problem?

  13. Why do we sacrifice so much getting needlessly involved in border disputes and civil strife around the world and ignore the root cause of the most deadly border in the world-the one between Mexico and the US?

  14. Why does Congress willingly give up its prerogatives to the Executive Branch?

  15. Why does changing the party in power never change policy? Could it be that the views of both parties are essentially the same?

  16. Why did the big banks, the large corporations, and foreign banks and foreign central banks get bailed out in 2008 and the middle class lost their jobs and their homes?

  17. Why do so many in the government and the federal officials believe that creating money out of thin air creates wealth?

  18. Why do so many accept the deeply flawed principle that government bureaucrats and politicians can protect us from ourselves without totally destroying the principle of liberty?

  19. Why can’t people understand that war always destroys wealth and liberty?

  20. Why is there so little concern for the Executive Order that gives the President authority to establish a "kill list," including American citizens, of those targeted for assassination?

  21. Why is patriotism thought to be blind loyalty to the government and the politicians who run it, rather than loyalty to the principles of liberty and support for the people? Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it’s wrong.

  22. Why is it is claimed that if people won’t or can’t take care of their own needs, that people in government can do it for them?

  23. Why did we ever give the government a safe haven for initiating violence against the people?

  24. Why do some members defend free markets, but not civil liberties?

  25. Why do some members defend civil liberties but not free markets? Aren’t they the same?

  26. Why don’t more defend both economic liberty and personal liberty?

  27. Why are there not more individuals who seek to intellectually influence others to bring about positive changes than those who seek power to force others to obey their commands?

  28. Why does the use of religion to support a social gospel and preemptive wars, both of which requires authoritarians to use violence, or the threat of violence, go unchallenged? Aggression and forced redistribution of wealth has nothing to do with the teachings of the world great religions.

  29. Why do we allow the government and the Federal Reserve to disseminate false information dealing with both economic and foreign policy?

  30. Why is democracy held in such high esteem when it’s the enemy of the minority and makes all rights relative to the dictates of the majority?

  31. Why should anyone be surprised that Congress has no credibility, since there’s such a disconnect between what politicians say and what they do?

  32. Is there any explanation for all the deception, the unhappiness, the fear of the future, the loss of confidence in our leaders, the distrust, the anger and frustration? Yes there is, and there’s a way to reverse these attitudes. The negative perceptions are logical and a consequence of bad policies bringing about our problems. Identification of the problems and recognizing the cause allow the proper changes to come easy.

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