The Declaration of Independence (DOI) is much more than a list of grievances, a theatrical recitation of the causes for casting off the tyrant in England.
The Declaration of Independence established certain Truths as self-evident: That mankind is endowed by their Creator with certain 'Unalienable Rights'. The DOI embodies the fundamental precepts, upon which our nation was founded, and from which sprang the genius of our Constitution. It uniquely advanced the idea that government was the servant of the People.
The Declaration of Independence not only lists the CAUSES compelling the Colonies to separate from England... it transcribed and fixed the fundamental right of mankind to live free, bound only by the self-evident law of his Creator. It declared that Governments are formed to secure the Rights of man, not the rights of Kings alone.
The Declaration of Independence is much more than a theatrical rendition of injustice... It is a document, unique in its purpose. It establishes the right of the People to CONSENT to be governed, an unheard of right, in those days. It suborned the power of Kings, and reduced the place of government from master to servant. Never so bold a concept sprang forth with such clarity as it did in the DOI.
Those who ignorantly dismiss the 'Declaration of Independence' as Theater... also, fail to understand the underpinnings of our Constitution. The Constitution must be interpreted in the Spirit of the DOI, with the same insight and motivation, as our founders wrote our founding documents. The essence of the DOI is not in the letter but in the Spirit of its construction. This is what makes it such a moving and powerful document, with relevance even to this very day.
Those who attempt to INTERPRET the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution it inspired, without the Spirit of the Creator, can not possibly come to a proper rendering of there meaning. Our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are inspired works. They are not merely the penmanship of man. It therefore, takes inspired men to properly interpret them.
I suggest those who study the DOI... focus not only on the grievances listed, but on the profound brake with the prominent theories for governing in those times: That all men are created equal and have certain unalienable rights; that governments are created to serve the people, too guarantee the rights of the common man, not Kings alone; that God endowed mankind with certain rights, and no man may take them from another. These concepts were profound precepts in there day and the DOI uniquely expresses them, in terms that can not be denied.
The Declaration of Independence is unique in the annals of Nations.... its relevance and importance to the governance of mankind remain valid unto this very day. America and American's can be proud of their heritage and the wisdom of our founders; whose, indomitable spirit lives on in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.