Declaring Independence

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Posted on 07 Mar 2013 16:12

I look at the Declaration of Independence and see a document constructed by men with strong principles and focused goals. They dreamed of the freedom of religion and the freedom to work as hard as they wished with no hindrance to their success. They were a group of principled men who, together, resolved to construct a document which would define their plan for the future of their colonial New World. The statement “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” truly defines their purpose as a community for writing this document. Essentially, the Declaration of Independence states the reasoning and apologetics, in a sense, for the states to be independent of England.

The document begins by stating the importance of people groups to define who they are and what power they are entitled to according to “The Laws of Nature.” The writers stress the importance of the rights of people which, according to them, are God given and should not be infringed upon. They then proceed to layout their case against England of why they are justified in declaring independence based on the moral principles they hold to be true. They conclude by declaring their independence and that they support the document “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.” Through this document, we see much about the principles, beliefs, and resolutions of the founding fathers and how their characteristics held it together.

First, we can conclude from this document that the men writing it were well educated and well aware of the politics of different countries. We see from their intricate description of the issues that England presented them with that they were well aware of the policies of England. The critical time of the new world forming and the degree of which it affected them may suggest that they were forced to be aware of foreign politics. They accurately expressed their distaste of decisions made by the British government, such as the ban which barred trade, to or from the New World, as well as imposing extra taxes without consent of the colonials.

In addition to being a informed community which intelligently expressed their beliefs, we can also conclude that they had a strong belief in God and the Bible. It is evident that these men were driven by this belief and drafted the Declaration of Independence because they believed the right that their God had given them was greater than anything the laws of England. They believed that every man was entitled to rights endowed by their creator and wished to create a society where men would be free to practice those rights. Most importantly, by the way that the Founding Fathers talked about Great Britain, we can deduce that they wished to be free from any form of tyranny or government which would impose on their rights.

We see that this was a discourse community because they must have discussed what they were going to write about before writing the final version of the Declaration of Independence. The document itself is proof that they communicated with each other and learned to discuss their differences and work together to construct it. They also shared the common goal of wishing to be free from what they believed to be a tyrannous regime controlling them. Indeed, the fact that all fifty-six members signed this document is proof that they communicated with each other and shared a common goal.

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