The first post was the introduction to the series. This is the first post in the series.
The initial documentation of what being American means can be found in the Declaration of Independence. If you want a history lesson on how the Declaration of Independence came to be, just search it, there is plenty out there. But for our journey, we are going to walk through the document itself. Looking for what a portrait of an American might look like. Let’s start at the very beginning.
First off, an English teacher must find this very hard to read with all the run on sentences! This is a perfect example of why you shouldn’t write with run ons. So we’re going to break this first sentenance (paragraph) up so we can better understand it.
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, …
There are many people would could say, “That’s me!”. They would say in the course of human events, I want to dissolve the political bonds which I’ve been connected so tell me more! What we lean here is as an American, we do have the right to dissolve political bonds. There are many countries in which this is NOT a right, and you can be put to death for even thinking of it.
and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them,
Let’s skip the first part of this sentence, we’ll put it in the next part. Being an American means we believe everyone has a separate and equal station given to us by the laws of nature and nature’s God. In general, they were trying to say that even though the American colonies were breaking way, they had the same rights as any other country. This right was seen to be given to them not by other political powers, but by the laws of nature and of nature’s God. It was an entitlement they had.
[and to assume among the powers of the earth,] a decent respect to the opinions of mankind
Being American means we will have a decent respect to the opinion of other human beings.
requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
And because we recognize everyone has a separate and equal station given to them by the laws of nature and nature’s God and we respect the differing opinions, we will declare the reasons we want to separate from our previous political bonds.
Think resignation letter. 🙂
It doesn’t give us the right to just walk away. It doesn’t give us the right to tear down statues. It doesn’t give us the right to call anyone names. It simply says, we will give a reason for why we want to separate.
It sure would be nice if people would stop re-posting memes (although some are pretty funny) and start articulating what they are so upset about. And it would be nice if those making comments would also do the same.
Sometimes it’s really funny when you see friends on the opposite side of the political spectrum posting the exact same meme with a different political figure’s face on it, but saying the same thing. All the while, the creators of the meme are laughing their heads off at both the posters.
Write it down! You have the right as an American citizen to separate from a political party and write down why, so use that right if it works for ya!