Friday, April 20, 2012

Reading “The Declaration of Independence”

by Ebonie Davis

The Declaration of Independence was and still is more than just a scroll of written complaints and opinions of a hand full of rebellious men who tried to create a separate nation. It is a bookmark of tears and blood that has been engraved into the history of the United States for an everlasting emblem of what it was, what it is, and what it can become. This declaration is a multi-functioning advocate “of the people, by the people, for the people” as Lincoln later said, to enable them, as long as the United States shall exist, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

The Declaration of Independence doesn’t slander King George III of Britain or any citizen of that country at that time but states the facts of colonial neglect, disrespect, and inequality. It is a mirror image of people’s standards back then and a sample of what Americans could again become if history were to ever repeat itself.  A nation is no different from the individuals who live in it because, like individuals, people as a whole don’t always see what is in front of their eyes. People either look past the wrongful doings of others, or they make excuses to make themselves believe this is the way life should be. 

Not the founding fathers of this document. They clarified the gray areas and revealed the ugly truth of King George III’s way of ruling. Doing so was a life-threatening work of art for the designers, but never had the picture of freedom been drawn so clearly. The thought processes of the men who wrote it and those who lived it were real, nothing more or less than the truth.

The Declaration of Independence has a mind and soul of its own. The stories, experiences, fears, hopes, and dreams of our founding fathers rest on those sheets of paper. The Declaration is not just some essay we are forced to read in class but the courageous acts of heroic men and women that answered to their calling and created a nation of freedom.

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