“As I do every Independence Day, I read the Declaration of Independence – including the extended list of particular grievances of the colonists. There is much therein that reads as current events. The similarities are striking.
However, I think it also is instructive to read the 2nd Continental Congress’s “Declaration of the Causes and Necessity for Taking Up Arms”, promulgated July 6th, 1775 – a full year prior to the Declaration of Independence, which was voted approved 2 July, 1776, and issued to the public July 4th, 1776.
The Congress’s action – informing the British government (the “King in Parliament”) of their reasons for taking up arms against British soldiery in Massachusetts – came as a direct result of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, fought 19 April and of Bunker (Breed’s) Hill, 16 June.
You can read the “Declaration of the Causes and Necessity for Taking Up Arms” here:
Now go and do the same…
UPDATE: I failed to see the addendum the very historically astute reader send until after I posted his letter. It’s from President Calvin Coolidge:
“It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning cannot be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.”
President Calvin Coolidge, via Powerline’s Where Are Libertarians When You Need Them?