And, here’s an important bit of context for what I was talking about in my last post. I left out the very beginning–it’s poetic, but too familiar, you can feel your mind falling into automatic ruts just reading it, and it’s important to have an awake mind when reading the latter bits–and the ending, since it’s not pertinent to this specific thought experiment to review the list of grievances. Otherwise, this is unedited…though, I have added a fair bit of bolded emphasis.
I don’t know that any additional commentary is needed; you want to know the core principals that our Founding Fathers created this country from? Here they are.
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.
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, pursuing 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.