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What this day is all about.
1 posted on 07/04/2003 7:44:04 PM PDT by Sparta
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If you want on or off the Western Civilization Military History ping list let me know.

Warning: The first of several pings tonight about the American Revolution.
2 posted on 07/04/2003 7:45:30 PM PDT by Sparta (Tagline removed by moderator)
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The Declaration of Independence is perhaps the most masterfully written state paper of Western civilization. As Moses Coit Tyler noted almost a century ago, no assessment of it can be complete without taking into account its extraordinary merits as a work of political prose style."

"..Like the rest of the Declaration, the preamble is "brief, free of verbiage, a model of clear, concise, simple statement. It capsulizes in five sentences--202--words what it took John Locke thousands of words to explain in his Second Treatise of Government. Each word is chosen and placed to achieve maximum impact."

"To help the colonies would constitute interference in Great Britain's internal affairs. As Samuel Adams explained, "no foreign Power can consistently yield Comfort to Rebels, or enter into any kind of Treaty with these Colonies till they declare themselves free and independent." The crucial factor in opening the way for foreign aid was the act of declaring independence. But by defining America and England as two separate peoples, the Declaration reinforced the perception that the conflict was not a civil war, thereby, as Congress noted in its debates on independence, making it more "consistent with European delicacy for European powers to treat with us, or even to receive an Ambassador."

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The above [sans italics] were excerpts from an essay on the English prose style of the Declaration and the deliberate way in which the language was chosen, contrary to what many "Progressives" view as simply quaint contemporary language of the time with no particular real political sophistication. To the contrary, the Declaration makes no reference to "rebellion" or "civil war", but to the distinction between the Colonies and Britain as justification for the Colonies to become a separate nation.

The Constitution may be our "King", but the Declaration of Independence is our "Prince". Our young ideals, our passion for independence, who and what we aspire to be. We may never live up to it's universal declaration that all men are created equal, but we sure as hell try.

4 posted on 07/04/2003 8:19:02 PM PDT by elbucko (Happy Birthday, America!)
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To: Sparta
great post, sad to admit that this is the first i've actually read it all the way through. thanks

5 posted on 07/04/2003 8:21:45 PM PDT by bethelgrad (for God and country)
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To: Sparta
Happy Independence Day from foreverfree.
6 posted on 07/04/2003 8:42:04 PM PDT by foreverfree
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To: Sparta
Morning after bump.
9 posted on 07/05/2003 6:56:38 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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