The American Dream?

“Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness!”

This is from the earliest words in the Declaration of Independence. The very document that told the King that the Colonies were no longer going to be under the thumb of the throne. Have you ever read it? It lists the grievances against the King and Britain. I’ve posted them below, take a read and let’s talk about them, see if they have any relevance to today (mind you that I’m not saying they do). I just think that in order to understand your patriotism, lack thereof, or where your compass is pointing you, then you have to understand what started it all and how we got to where we are now.

  1. He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
  2. He has forbidden his Governors 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 to them.
  3. He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
  4. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
  5. He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
  6. 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 the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
  7. He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
  8. He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
  9. He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
  10. He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
  11. He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
  12. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
  13. He has combined with others to subject us to a 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 any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
    • For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
    • For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
    • For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
    • For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
    • For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so 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.
  14. He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
  15. He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
  16. 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 a civilized nation.
  17. 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.
  18. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured 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.
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2 thoughts on “The American Dream?

  1. Tommy, thank you for teaching me something new today. The information you provided was very interesting. I can relate many of the items to our current administration and it really scares me. I think the constitution is one of the greatest documents ever written and it has served this country well. It is heartbreaking to think that my children may end up living under tyranny. I was blessed with being born during the greatest years this country had to offer and I fear that younger generations will never know the freedom that I did. The ability to be able to decide our own futures with no limitations is something that many countries do not offer. I am hoping that this country wakes up before it is too late because history tends to repeat itself.

  2. Debbie, that is what this blog is all about, learning! Through respectful conversation ewe can all come to understand that no matter how different a perspective is, it is still someone’s opinion and respecting the person is important. We don’t have to respect them for anything more than one of God’s creations, but we must have respect.

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