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Inherent Autonomy Primacy: The Declaration of Independence

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Inherent Autonomy

Primacy: The Declaration of Independence

We claim Nothing but the Liberty & Privileges of Englishmen, in the same Degree, as if we had still continued among our Brethren in Great Britain: these Rights have not been forfeited by any Act of ours, we can not be deprived of them without our Consent, but by Violence & Injustice; We have received them from our Ancestors and, with God's Leave, we will transmit them, unimpaired to our Posterity.

George Mason - June 6, 1766

The cardinal expression of the American experiment is found in the political genius of the Declaration of Independence. Within the text is a succinct summary of grievances and principles. It is also an explanation for actions necessary to secure liberty. More than a compact among separate colonies, engaged in a war for independence, basic innate human rights are acknowledged. Affirming the rightful authority for self governance - “deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” - is the essential essence of Inherent Autonomy.

The designation - The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America - proclaims their affiliated association and distinct sovereignty. Based upon the universal pursuit for human freedom, the forebearers in the struggle for independence, provide a heritage of declaration for Liberty.

The Declaration of Arbroath - 1320, the cornerstone of Scottish self-government, echoes the birthright and aspiration, centuries before. It speaks to the natural drive to expel autarchy and achieve freedom:

‘Yet if he (Bruce) should give up what he has begun, and agree to make us or our kingdom subject to the King of England or the English, we should exert ourselves at once to drive him out as our enemy and a subverter of his own rights and ours, and make some other man who was well able to defend us our King; for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.’

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Drafted by George Mason and amended by Thomas Ludwell Lee, this manifesto called for American independence to preserve Americans' fundamental rights. It put forth the philosophy of John Locke's Two Treatises of Government (1690), heavily influenced by the Magna Carta.

The main themes were:

 

All men have inherent rights to life, liberty, and property

All power is vested in the people

Government is established to benefit, not rule the people

Leadership roles should not be hereditary

Legislative and Executive Powers should be separate and distinct

The principles of free elections

Government cannot suspend laws without the consent of the people

The right to trial by jury and to confront witnesses

There should be no cruel and unusual punishment

Provisions to eliminate unlawful searches of persons or personal property

Trial by jury is preferable and should be held sacred

"Freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty"

A well regulated militia is required to defend a free state

People have a right to a uniform government

Free government is preserved only by adherence to fundamental principles

The freedom to practice religion according to personal reason and conviction

More in the link..........

http://batr.org/autonomy/111804.html

 

Lest we forget what the 4th is really about........

I have not seen, a time in my life, where our freedoms have been in such jeopardy.

Here's to freedom, may it continue to grow unabated.....

This too is a good read......

Magna Carta: The foundation of freedom  1215-2015

http://storage.cloversites.com/worldhistoryinstitute/documents/WHI_06June2014_Journal_3 (1).pdf

It's been a long road to the freedoms we have today, it sure would be a shame to lose them.

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