Rewrting the Declaration of Independence
From the Declaration of Independence: “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected the with another and to assume among the powers of earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
Translation: In some cases, a course of events leads to a separation between groups. We believe that we have can split because god has let us do this and this document tells why we split up.
From the Declaration of Independence: “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, Government 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 affect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly, all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursing 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.”
Translation: All of the following truths should be universal and should not be questioned. Everyone has rights that cannot be taken away from them. These rights are Life, Freedom, and the ability to be happy (without doing anything illegal). To secure these rights the people have power in the government. If the government doesn’t allow people to have these rights, then the people can and should change the government. The people shouldn’t change the government for small reasons. According to history people are more likely to suffer for a while than to make a big change because they worry it will harm them more than before. But if the problems don’t go away and continue to get worse it is the job of the people to make a government that will resolve these problems and not only benefit them at that time, but in the future as well.
Paragraph 3: (Numbers not in the Declaration of Independence)
From the Declaration of Independence: Such has been patient sufferance of theses Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systeams of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary, for public good.
He has forbidden his Governers to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend them.
He refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative House repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for the purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriation of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the consent of our legislatures
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for many Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these Sates:
For cutting of Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury
For transporting us beyond Sea to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free Systeam of English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries sa as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies.
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
Translation: The colonies have suffered enough and now we need to change the form of government. While under the king we were under cruel rule. The following are examples of his cruel ruling and crimes and should be excepted to the world as fact.
He didn’t approve laws that were necessary.
He didn’t allow other governs to pass laws without his approval that were needed. After the laws had disapproved them he didn’t pay attention to them.
He didn’t pass laws for large groups of people unless the people would give up their right to be seen by a legislature, this was too big a right for them to give up.
He set legislative meetings at very uncomfortable and hidden places to make the governs follow what he says
He fired legislatures if the legislatures didn’t do the things he wanted them to do.
He didn’t let anyone else, like the people in the parliament, elect someone else. This caused people to fear from all kinds of danger inside and outside of the country.
He tried to minimize the population in the U.S. He made laws to prevent people to move.
He forbidden laws to be passed that established judiciary powers.
He made the judges salaries and term in the office dependent by only him.
He has made new officers and sent them to people to harass/get tax from them.
Even without war her mas made the people pay tax for the army without consenting it with any other legislatures.
He made the military power higher than the civil power.
He and others have made us follow rules not in our constitution and ignored our laws
He sent large armies to America
For protecting those armies and not punishing them for murder.
For not allowing trade to come here
For making us pay taxes without our consent
For not allowing us a Trial by Jury
To take us back to punish us for fake offenses
For getting rid of the Systeam of English Laws and making an unstructured government.
For taking away our most needed laws and changing our government
For taking away our legislatives as saying the king’s government rules us.
By taking protection away from us and declaring war
He has destroyed many of our towns and people’s lives
He is brining large armies to take over our us.
He was captured our citizens and forced them to go against us.
He has turned the Indians and Slaves against in hope to start a war
From the Declaration of Independence: In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Translation: We have asked many times to let us be but each time we ask we are given more punishments and harsher laws. This is why we call him a cruel ruler and not the person who should rule us.
From the Declaration of Independence: Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
Translation: We have told the British repeatedly we do not want them to rule over us and the circumstances of our living here. We have also told them that we still have their rights because we were once part of them. Since they do not listen we will think of them like we think of the rest of mankind, enemies in war, and friends at peace.
From the Declaration of Independence: 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
Translation: We declare ourselves separated from Britain as united colonies. All political connection between the United Colonies and Britain should be gone. As free independent We should have all the rights that other Independent states have
From the Declaration of Independence: 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.
Translation: With the support of god we all pledge to each other our lives, fortune and honor.