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.