I am fully aware that the DoI does not have the force of law; I only wish more people realized that.
Without France, the colonists stood a good chance of losing the Revolutionary War; without France, there might never have been a USA.
P.S.: You can find the full text of the document at https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript.
When most people think of the Declaration of Independence, all they think about is the parts that say things like “…all men are created equal…” and “…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…”.
But all that is just a prologue to the real substance of the Declaration, which are the twenty-five specific grievances against the governance of George III. Of these twenty-five grievances, fourteen dealt with the colonies’ right to self determination and governance; eight dealt with military interference in the affairs of the colonies; one dealt with restrictions on immigration and territorial expansion (yes, the DoI supported open borders and unrestricted immigration); one dealt with trade. That leaves just one more provision, which I quote here: “For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:”. If taxes were so important, why does the word “taxes” only appear once in the entire Declaration?
The truth is that the colonists didn’t mind paying taxes, provided that taxation was fair and allowed them to determine their own governance. What they primarily objected to in matters of taxation was the proliferation of loopholes for the king’s cronies and business associates (sound familiar?) and that they were fairly levied and not punitive.
The notion that the American Revolution was primarily a fight against taxes is not a “great American story”, it’s a great American myth, perpetuated by people who have never read more than the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence.
In the interests of full disclosure, the principal author of the DoI id my many-times-great uncle. I am a direct descendant of one of his sisters.
“geboren”, not “goboren”.
It’s “oops”, not “opps”.
And cell phones make it so much easier to hide the fact that you’re talking to yourself.
It’s going to take even longer to find the ones lost in dryers…
Use a barstool. That negates the advantage.
Q: What do you call a female colobus?A: A monkey wench.