In our previous post we looked at the US Declaration of Independence in the context of its declaration of human rights.
In this post, we look at the specific section where independence from Britain was declared.
The middle section of the Declaration of Independence lists 27 reasons as to why they are seeking to create their own republic.
They’re directed at King George III, sovereign head of Britain.
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.
For quartering large Bodies of Armed Troops among us.
For imposing taxes on us without our Consent.
In every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble Terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated Injury. A Prince, whose Character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a free People.
And, finally, the declaration…
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, 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; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.
At the time that it was written, US colonies were at war with the British.
In British eyes, the declaration of independence was an act of treason, punishable by death.
Not all manifestos are going to make every one happy. Usually you’re going to antagonise and annoy a few people. Particularly, the people who have a vested interest in the status quo.
And, that’s the whole point of a manifesto. It is a document calling for change.
Be aware of this when you create your manifesto.
Who is your manifesto likely to upset? How far would you be willing to go for your manifesto? At what point are you willing to risk upsetting people?