• THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE •
As translated into kidspeak
For later this afternoon
WHEN ONE BUNCH OF PEOPLE decides to be a new country, it’s only fair that they tell the other people why.
We think a few things are obvious:
- Everyone’s created equal and has the right to live, be free, and try to be happy.
- Governments are created so people can protect these rights, and people agree to give the governments their power.
- If their government works against life, freedom, and happiness, the people are allowed to either change it, or get rid of it and start a new one, whichever seems better for safety and happiness.
It’s common sense that changing a government for silly reasons is a bad idea, and people usually won’t do it anyway. They’d rather suffer with what they’re used to than change it.
But when the government keeps doing bad things that all seem to make the people less and less free, the people have to get rid of it and figure something else out.
That’s what it’s been like for the British colonies in America. It’s why they’re breaking with Great Britain and making a new country. Great Britain keeps doing bad things to us and taking things that don’t belong to it, so that it can control us completely.
(LONG LIST OF BAD THINGS MAY BE PERUSED AT SOME OTHER TIME, MAYBE NEXT WEEK WHEN YOU’RE BORED.)
Every time Britain has done bad things, we’ve asked for fairness, but the only answer is more bad things. That’s how a tyrant acts, and a tyrant is not fit to rule free people.
We’ve tried to talk to the British people directly, too.
- We’ve told them that their government has been unreasonably controlling to us.
- We’ve reminded them why we left Britain and settled here.
- We’ve asked them to be fair to us, reminded them that we all have family ties in common, and asked them to speak against the bad things their government does, which will break those ties.
But they haven’t listened, either. Not to words about fairness, and not to words about family ties. So we are forced to give up, and to say that they’re not family anymore. They’re just like everyone else in the world now: enemies if we’re at war, friends if we’re at peace.
As of now, these British colonies are no longer colonies. They are their own country, and can do all the things countries can do. They can start and end wars, become allies or make business agreements with other countries, and all that stuff.
We who sign this declaration pledge loyalty to each other, and hope God will protect us.