Part 3 of the series looking at the Declaration of Independence. This one is shorter than the previous two.
“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world… 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.”
I have skipped the list of abuses. But if you have time, take a look at them. Everything that is talked about in this section continues to enforce the oppression that was endured; the inequality that was perpetuated. We see how the people were wronged. And some of these offenses are things that continue to happen today. Instead of responding with the same aggression, the writers claim that they have petitioned; they have fought for what they believe is right, yet their petition was only received with increased aggression. The concept of equality is vital to the foundation of living. Despite the oppression, they persisted in what is right. A good lesson for us. When things get tough, don’t give up. When they get tougher, keep fighting for what is right.