Happy Independence Day?


The Ocean State Current encourages readers to spend some time today reading the Declaration of Independence and considering its continuing significance in our times.

Some of the particulars resonate as if addressing present issues:

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. …

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance. …

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation …

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent …

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers …

But more profound, naturally, is the spirit of the document, and the pondering of it may lead one to question whether it does continue to have significance for many Americans — for enough Americans.  Do we still hold truths to be self evident?  Do we still believe in “unalienable Rights,” deriving from a source beyond human institutions?  Do we still believe that our government must answer to us, even to the point that we could abolish it altogether?

Such questions are of existential relevance, in these days, and they deserve some reflection today, among the barbecues, beers, and bombs bursting in air.

  • Jack R. Peters

    You only touch on a few of the gievences. There are 27 in total. You touch on the political and taxation gievences but that is to be expected since most of what you have read and been taught is writings from 1923 and on. Try reading John Adams' notes and you will see the Declaration through a different set of eyes.

  • Jack R. Peters

    This is a Christian base document; in fact, it has 35 paraphrase Bible verses in it, Old & New Testaments. The rights are based under God which is the foundation. The closing statement of
    this document is (In the year of our Lord) which also appears onh the Constitution. These
    documents are not just apolitical but have a sense of faith to them which we have lost since the beginning of the 1900's with our education system teaching us to view them (Declaration/Constitution) through an economic set of eyeglasses.

  • Jack R. Peters

    We, the Americans of this time were given a (New World Order) to live under. A Judea/Christian form of goverment that every citizen is responsible to up hold wether you believe in God of not.
    It appears the not(s) keep trying to rewrite history. God Bless America and I pray that enlighten of
    the original meaning of the Delcaration is embedded in "We the People."

  • Adams

    I haven’t read the declaration of independence till now. It became possible through your post. Thanks a lot for sharing this with us. Some parts of it really seem like addressing present issue. I would like to book mark your site for future references. Keep updating.
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