The Lines of Authority Have Been Drawn

Over 2 centuries have passed since the Declaration of Independence was published and it still serves as a model for advancing freedom and liberty and for defining the natural order of authority.

The Declaration of Independence defines the authority on which men proceed in their task of reforming government that has become ineffective or oppressive. The authors taught us that there are 4 main points that need to be addressed when proceeding with the task of reform. They are as follows:

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Tyranny – An Old Familiar Foe

 

“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

Thomas Jefferson

 

The authors of The Declaration of Independence clearly outline why the Americans wanted to separate from the tyranny imposed by the King. The majority of the Declaration is a list of the actions committed by the King that would lay claim to his tyranny.

In this lesson we examine 3 of the “Acts of Tyranny” as listed and declared by the American people on July 4th, 1776. Our assignment is to determine if they are still present today.

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What is Tyranny?

 

“If tyranny and oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”

James Madison

 

Tyranny can be very elusive and it makes use of many disguises. That is its nature. This is why men throughout history have asked the question, what is tyranny?

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