April 27, 2015
Hypocrisy within the Declaration of Independence
On July 4, 1776, the American Congress, which consisted of thirteen states, decided it was time to gain their independence from Great Britain by announcing their Declaration towards Independence. The famous document written by our founding fathers was “intended” to gain independence (for our country and all mankind), dismantle Great Britain’s power, liberate our country from all the usurpation activities, and to ultimately become the country that we are today. Throughout all the years of trials and tribulations our founding fathers endured. On the night of July 4, 1776, the stance towards American freedom was a success. If we fast forward to the 21st century we can see the proof within the lines of the Declaration. The ugly pixel in the bigger picture still remains. The Declaration of Independence is a representation of pure hypocrisy. If the purpose of the Declaration of Independence was to enable all mankind with Independence and righteous freedom from those who “repealed injuries and usurpation, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny” (Declaration of Independence). Why was Thomas Jefferson's original passage attacking slavery left out of the document? Reasons to believe include the free labor and high capital provided by slaves outweighed the torture and cruelness towards slaves. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed be their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” (Declaration of Independence). These words can be very misguiding. It states, that all of us are created equal and we all deserve certain rights for the simple sake of being human beings. So, why weren’t human slaves free? Better yet, why weren’t they entitled “unalienable rights” like the rest of the people living at the time? Human slaves were usually owned by rich people, or people of power. The list of human slave owners included many American Congressman, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, as well as Great Britain’s ruler King George III (much of the Declaration of Independence is direct towards his behavior and control of people). Slaves could not defy their owners. They provided labor free of charge. Their owners would dictate their lives, they were told how to live, and what to do. Every day they lived a cruel life, with no hope of independence. “He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery...” According to the book, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, “Determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or restrain this execrable commerce” (Washington, D.C.: Taylor & Maury, 1853-1854). In reference to these quotes, it was obvious King George III violated all human rights, by not allowing humans to have any rights that could favor them. But, wasn’t America doing the exact unpleasant behaviors towards slaves? It is well documented that Americans were guilty of trading and buying slaves for self-purpose interest. No matter how it was written, or who wrote the Declaration of Independence. America, nor Great Britain, nor any man shall ever tell us how to live, nor a form of government shall ever strip us away of our privileged rights as men and women of this earth. That is considered unconstitutional behavior.
Many historical events have occurred in American history. Whether they have been wrongful or prodigious events, let’s not forget why the Declaration of Independence was written. America at the time was not what it is today. Capital, power, and democracy were irrelevant in the 1700's due to the fact that Great...
Cited: Beeman, Richard R. "Waiting for King George III." Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our
Sacred Honor: The Forging of American Independence, 1774-1776. New York: Basic, 2003. Print.
Bigalke, Ron J., Jr. "Mercantilism." The Encyclopedia of Political Science. Ed. George
Thomas Kurian. Vol. 3. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2011. 1022-1023. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 19 Apr. 2015
Thomas Jefferson, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson: Being His Autobiography,
Correspondence, Reports, Messages, Addresses, and other Writings, Official and
Private (Washington, D.C.: Taylor & Maury, 1853-1854).
Quinn, C. Edward. The Signers of the Declaration of Independence. 2nd Ed. The Bronx, N.Y.
Bronx County Historical Society; 1988. Print.
Please join StudyMode to read the full document