Let's Talk About 'Murica
The true story of the Declaration of Independence
Let's talk about a country we like to call America. Now, how did it start? I mean we didn't just pop up here like, "This looks like a nice place to start a civilization." No, like anything beautiful it had to face hardship. And by hardship I mean BRITAIN.
Now, you see way back when Britain sent men across the sea to spread English territory, and of course to dig up gold (which in the end didn't really work out).
Anyways, while they were there they had to face some tough-stuff like water poisoning, Indians, French people, and a ton of other stuff, but in the end we fought this big war against the Indians and the French, and what do you know - we won!
So now we've got thirteen colonies all obeying their own currency systems and laws, but then... Britain attacks.
They make all of these unfair acts that change what the colonists had been living by.
So naturally the colonists get angry, and they start rebelling against England, which led to them making something we like to call the Declaration of Independence.
Now the Declaration of Independence was a document written by Thomas Jefferson that basically says, "England, you're doing everything wrong. I want my rights and you want my money, so obviously this isn't working out, so I'm breaking up with you."
In the declaration, Jefferson states something extremely important. He says, "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." Now, in that long quote, you might have seen something that says "Unalienable rights."
Now, unalienable rights are basically rights that you are born with, and no can take away. The main unalienable rights addressed in the Declaration are your natural rights, so your rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
A bad government *cough cough* Britain, would take away those rights, and leave you in danger and misery, just as the colonists were so many years ago.
One of the other topics Jefferson addressed was the matter of the consent of the governed.
What that basically means is that, unlike in England where the entire country is run by one person or family, the country is run by the PEOPLE!
We follow the consent of the governed because we vote on most political things, such as our president or laws passed by congress.
And these rights we have as Americans not only you and I cherish, but all citizens. They aren’t just something we lost in history,no. We see them everyday in our lives whether we’re buying a bag of sugar from the local Price Chopper or voting for the next power-hungry politician to go into office.
Anyways, after the Declaration of Independence there was a giant war, which I’m not gonna go into because I’ve made my point. Thank you for reading through this. I know it was kind of odd looking considering it used to be a PowToon, but was not able to function correctly when I needed it to. So now you get a Tackk with A LOT of pictures.