If blogs and bloggers existed in 1776 what would they have written? In a sense, except for the technology, they did exist. Consider the pamphlets of Thomas Paine, the correspondence of Benjamin Franklin and the writing of Thomas Jefferson. One of the keys to selling the idea of independence to colonial America was the written word. The series of Common Sense pamphlets written by Thomas Paine achieved a distribution that would, when adjusted for the change in population, thrill any present day “pamphleteer/blogger”.
I will continue to add to this throughout the day as others choose to participate. There may also be some entries “invented” in the style of the blogs we all enjoy.
Iowa Voice (Brian)
Last month, Richard Henry Lee laid a proposal in front of the Second Continental Congress:
Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.
That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances.
That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation.
TMH’s Bacon Bits (DL)
On this Fouth of July, in the Year of Our Lord Seventeen Hundred and Seventy-six, in a small crowded hall in Philadelphia, a man is thinking to himself.
Do we dare do what we’re thinking? Already we are doomed to die when the King’s men get their scurvy hands on us. This ideal about authority coming from the common man and not from the King is unheard of in history. Who are we to change history? How can we be sure we can even put to the pen those things sufficient to protect us from the curses of government power? It is God’s truth that we need some government, but one we can approve of, one that speaks for us and not for its own power – be it king or tyrant. What faith have we that our side will be loyal to the cause and not betray us for another? What faith have we, that the government we create won’t just dispose of this paper we are about to write — or alter its wisdom beyond its meaning, like a living document — except perhaps for our faith in the muzzles of our guns?
Outside The Beltway (Dr. James Joyner)
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.
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.
Jefferson has buried an obviously untrue assertion after a rather longwinded series of unsubstantiated premises. [And what’s with the capitalization? Is Course a proper noun now?-ed.] Is it really necessary to dissolve our politcal bonds? Really? Does the earth have powers? [And why isn’t “earth” capitalized? Surely, it’s closer to being a proper noun than “course.”-ed.]
Pirate’s Cove (William Teach)
Matey, great news. Some of thy brightest and most influential people in these 13 Colonies have declared independence from the despotic British rulers. Of course, the Loyalists have taken a dim view of this corporate funded attempt, particularly the tea industry, to break away from the “benevolent occupiers.”
Charles Shumer, a representative of Her Majesty’s Royal Governors, stated “I find it appalling that several unelected business leaders woud take it upon themselves to userp the valid and legal ruling powers bestowed by King Charles. This is clearly a violation of the Separation of Powers.”
John Kerney, a high powered gigilo and husband of a wealthy Boston socialite, stated that he was for independence before he was against it.
Other Loyalists joined the fray, and demanded that the Pennsylvania governor, appointed by King Charles, recount the ballots. There were also claims of ballot tampering, and that the system used was not transparent enough, plus there some had to stand in line to long to sign their name to the so called “Declaration of Independence.”
T F Stern’s Rantings
It has been established that gatherings to discuss our plight are now outlawed, those attending face grave consequence; loss of property, confinement and even death for uttering seditious words against the Crown. Is it seditious to desire equality of rights from a government which treats some citizens better than others? I ask only for those rights granted to other common men, no more, no less. If this is treason then I am a traitor.
Linked with Mudville Gazette’s Independence Day Open Post