An Analysis of Grievances in the Declaration of Independence

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After going back and looking through the grievances mentioned in the Declaration of Independence, I realized that the worst grievance in my opinion was “He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.” I see this as the worst because he is pretty much not giving anyone a vote in what happens anymore. He is shutting down the laws that others deemed vital to living in a just world. Denying people these laws was his way of showing his power and that was inherently wrong. The next worse for me was “He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.” This is similar to the last one but with this he is influencing others to deny innocent people justice on his behalf. Without an impartial judge murderers and rapists would be let loose in the streets to repeatedly break the law. Another one that was bad to me was “For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences”.

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This man would ship people out seas away just to show that he could. He delayed trials that were even so petty to not charge anyone. He even made up things at times to send people away for. The first I saw that wasn’t that bad was “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.” He only made new jobs for people and gave them little power with no real reason to be there. I don’t believe this can cause much harm due to no direct impact on society. A grievance I didn’t see as too devastating was “He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.” I do think this is wrong of the king however I do not see this as too much of an issue to attack the guy over.

Equal representation is an important topic but I do not see it important enough to be listed in the Declaration of Independence. The grievance I see as the least bad is “He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.” This is just saying that he is getting help to go against the colonists. Yes, this is morally wrong but it is nothing leaders in the past wouldn’t have done to get the upper hand as well. Under the right circumstances I believe others would have done the same thing. When I think about it I do believe that I would be prepared to take independence for this document. I believe in what it is about and would lay my life down to protect it.

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