‘You were there’ on 7-4-1776

Jim Lynch of Bright and Early Blog, a fan of the old “You Were There” books, asks bloggers to cover July 4, 1776 as though you were there at the time. E-mail posts to lakelandjim at gmail dot com.

In response, James Joyner of Outside the Beltway fisks the Declaration of Independence.

This contract theory of government is interesting but hardly comports with reality. Governments are generally created by brute force, with precious little consultation with “the governed.” And, even if we grant that premise for the sake of argument, how exactly are we to ascertain that the masses think the government –- let alone its “Form” –- is destructive to the Big Three rights that are simultaneously inalienable and about to be destroyed? Presumably, such a government would not have elections that would include ordinary landholders, let alone serfs and indentured servants. (Perhaps Ben Franklin could invent a communications device utilizing “electricity” and people could be randomly sampled?-ed.]

Go ahead. Read the whole thing.

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:

    July 4, 1976 and the United States was sniveling in the world corner, Military bases cancelling open house for fear of demonstrations, school bands absurdly avoiding marches [God, that was horrible] and the intelletualoids demeaning the trade of arms. Then the news of the Entebbe rescue came through, and I knew that there were still men in the world. The one bright candle on the 200th U.S. birthday cake was the Entebbe rescue. Yoni Natanyahu, the world owes you gratitude for pointing the way. All you Amin fans out there, you lost.

  2. I tried to read the Joyner fisking but kept hearing Bill Maher’s voice, so I changed channels.

    I wonder how a cross-section of 18th century pamphleteers (including any forgotten ones) would compare to today’s blogosphere.

  3. Wayne Martin says:

    I went into the microfilm archive at a local university once to look up the 07.04.1776 edition of “The Williamsburg Gazette”. There was an article about the Declaration of Independence in that edition, but it was very low key and didn’t really say very much.