Tuesday, July 03, 2012

What Word is Missing From the Declaration of Independence?

For whom - and from what - did the 56 educated men who signed the Declaration of Independence declare their "Independence"?  How is it there is no transitional word connecting the thought of the first paragraph with the thought in the second?  Is not a new paragraph a new thought?

Knowing that they were dissolving their "political bands"; i.e., their corporate "charters" with their former potentates who "created" the colonies, shouldn't these learned English speaking men have inserted a transitional word (perhaps; "Because", "Therefore", "Although", or "While") to show a logical connection between the "God" of the first paragraph and the "Creator" in the second?

Was this oversight deliberate?

Because there is to be "a decent respect to the opinions of mankind"; do you, the reader, have an opinion as to what the transitional word in this revered Declaration of Independence should be?

Here's the first, and beginning of the second, paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. What word would you put as the first word of the second paragraph?
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

"(Because) (Therefore) (Although) (While) (________) (w)e hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, . . . "

Given recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings, and the evolutionary dismantling of what we, the people, were led to believe was a government "under GOD", it may be time for the "opinions of mankind" to be respected.   Maybe (if enough of us render our opinion) the Supreme Court will render a decision in this matter and provide to us "full disclosure" of our true form of government.

Begin the second paragraph with the transitional word (for instance) "Although"? And, then again, with the transitional word "Because"? Which word best transitions the "truths" of the first paragraph with why "Governments are instituted among Men"?

Remember; the colonies were "chartered"; i.e., "brought forth" or "Created". 

Therefore; "Although" these men may have held the "truths" of the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence to be "self-evident" they, nevertheless, may have deliberately omitted a transitional word (e.g., "Because") to let this new Form of government; i.e., (as I understand it to be per Art IV, Sec 4) a republican Form of government (with a democratic process) develop.

Do you suppose Benjamin Franklin may have been thinking of the deliberate omission of the transitional word of the second paragraph when he said to the woman who asked him, 'What form of government have you given us?'; "A republic, Madam; if you can keep it"?