Have you read the Declaration of Independence? You really should, so you’ll see where we came from and the fact that we’re going back to the tyranny we fought a war over. This is part 8 of 10series on the Declaration. Let’s continue with the charges.
- He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
- He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
- He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
Before the Declaration was even signed, British Parliament decided the Colonies were no longer under British Protection and set up a siege, and began burning towns, and shutting down local governments. Where the Founders responded with diplomacy, the King struck with violence before the Declaration was even written. What it did accomplish was setting the tone in History for Why the war was fought.
- He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
- He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
Any ship caught on the seas going to or leaving the Colonies was captured and told they will fight for England or face punishment. He also sought allies among the Indian Tribes. A smart move, admittedly but the Colonists weren’t fans of the highly effective guerrilla tactics of the tribes. A bit of historical context for you courtesy of The Founding.
Next week, I’ll look at the final statements of the Declaration.