What Many Of Us Don’t Know About Our Declaration of Independence

richard henry leeOn July 2, 1776, The Lee Resolution (also known as “The Resolution for Independence”) was passed by the Second Continental Congress.  It formally declared our independence from Great Britain, King George III and his tyrannical reign over the colonies, and basically established our new country, which came to be known as the United States of America.
Richard Henry Lee, a delegate from Virginia, submitted the resolution on June 7, however, some delegates were committed to follow earlier instructions regarding reconciliation with Britain. Due to this, on June 11, the Lee Resolution was postponed by a vote of seven colonies to five, with New York abstaining.
They did, however, form the “Committee of Five” to prepare an actual declaration of independence in case it should pass when voted upon.  John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert R. Livingston and Roger Sherman were appointed to that committee. Congress then recessed for 3 weeks.
Upon the completion of writing the declaration, and the end of the recess, it was brought to the floor of Congress. On July 1, following the weekend recess, the delegates began to discuss and debate its content, eliminating approximately twenty-five percent of the original text. The next day the Lee Resolution declaring the establishment of a new country was adopted by 12 of the 13 colonies, with New York not voting.
Committee_of_Five,_1776On July 4, 1776, Congress approved what was called the Declaration of Independence and then directed the Committee of Five to oversee the printing of the adopted document. The next day copies were distributed to key places and people throughout the Colonies where the text was followed by the words: “Signed by Order and in Behalf of the Congress, John Hancock, President. Attest. Charles Thomson, Secretary.”
On July 9 New York officially approved it, making it unanimous.  Therefore, on July 19 Congress ordered that the Declaration of Independence be “fairly engrossed on parchment, with the title and stile [sic] of ‘The unanimous declaration of the thirteen United States of America,’ and that the same, when engrossed, be signed by every member of Congress.”
Signing was to occur on August 2, 1776, but all were not present on that date.  And two New York delegates did not sign; John Dickinson, who still wanted reconciliation, and Livingston, who felt it premature.
signing-of-declaration-independenceEventually, 56 delegates did sign the document, representing Connecticut (4), Delaware (3), Georgia (3), Maryland (4), Massachusetts Bay (5), New Hampshire (3), New Jersey (5), New York (4), North Carolina (3), Pennsylvania (9), Rhode Island (2), South Carolina (4) and Virginia (7).
It begins: The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
It goes into great detail justifying the independence by the then-Colonies listing a total of 27 of the most noted grievances against King George III.  The Declaration also asserts certain unalienable natural, and other legal rights, which also includes the right of revolution.
Their resolve was cast in stone, as it ends with this sentence: And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
In the end: nine signers died of wounds during the Revolutionary War; five were captured or imprisoned; wives, and children were killed, jailed, mistreated, or left penniless; twelve signers’ homes were burned to the ground; and, seventeen lost everything they owned.
Their honor remained intact – not one signer defected, they fought to the end. To victory.  To a new independent and free nation.
Thomas JeffersonAs the person who had written the bulk of the words, Jefferson became known as “the Principal Author of the Declaration of Independence.”  The original draft written by Jefferson is carefully preserved at our United States Library of Congress.  It is his complete original, which includes revisions that were made by Adams and Franklin, along with the author’s own notes of the changes that were made by Congress during debate.
The version that is most identified and regularly referred to as the original of the Declaration is the signed copy on permanent display at our National Archives, in Washington, D.C.
The Declaration of Independence is, indeed, one of the most treasured documents ever written.
Happy Independence Day, America!!!

We The People Will Keep Our Arms. Thank You.

2A-Social-ResponsibilityKilling, murder, is not a good thing.  It is evil-intentioned.

However, every time there is a mass shooting the gun-grabbers take to the media calling for banning the Second Amendment, or in some way infringing on our unalienable and Constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms.

The fact is … guns do not kill people.

People. Kill. People.

People do use guns as an instrument of death. But they also use knives, poison, and with myriad other devices and methods. Though no one calls for banning those.

When a drunk or even sober driver takes to the road and fatally injures someone no one blames the car or truck or whatever they were driving. They blame the driver, the person.

Rightfully so.

Why is it different with guns?

All Second Amendment supporters know why the Second Amendment was written.

It wasn’t so people could go hunting.

It wasn’t so people could participate in sporting events.

It wasn’t so people could only defend their homes.

However, these are the main talking points politicians, judges, celebrities and others claim as the reason We the People do not need a 30-round clip, or an “assault rifle,” or, or, or.

They are either lying when they say these things, or are very ignorant of our history, or have a very specific agenda to take away arms for power and control.

Our Founders were very adamant about our Second Amendment.  The primary purpose as stated, is for the “security of a free state.”

2A-Flag-MadisonAs Founder Richard Henry Lee said, “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them…”

Tench Coxe, another Founder stated it this way, “Whereas civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”

And several other Founders voiced similar thoughts.

Yet, those very same people who want to take guns away say that tyranny and the like could never happen, it is an out-dated notion.

Wrong.

Tyranny will ONLY never happen as long as We the People keep our arms.

2A-British-are-ComingTaking guns away from law-abiding Citizens does NOT make any city, county or state safer.  Just check those areas that have the strictest gun laws and you will generally find higher murder rates than the norm.

So, if people kill people, go after those people.  Whether they used a gun or a knife or a hammer, go after the person.

Do not come after arms of American Citizens who are, by-and-large, peaceful and do follow the law.

Closing with the thoughts of Founder St. George Tucker, “Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.”

Think Adolf Hilter, Mao Tze Tung, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, etc.

We the People will keep our arms. Thank you.

We the People - Scott D Welch

 

Scott D. Welch, Patriot
Direct descendant of 8 Americans who fought in the Revolutionary War
Cousin of Patrick Henry

 

 

The entertaining and informative In Search of Liberty movie is a great refresher (if it’s been a while) or educational tool (for those who know very little) about our U.S. Constitution, and is a movie that All Americans should watch.