When Faced With Unending Problems, With No Solutions Available Within The Current Systems, Looking For One More Option Is At The Heart Of The American Spirit
“When Faced With Unending Problems, With No Solutions Available Within The Current Systems, Looking For One More Option Is At The Heart Of The American Spirit”
~ by OneMoreOption
When faced with unfair treatment, abuse, and easily foreseeable unending problems, at the root of the United States’ history is a story of women and men with common problems and common needs rallying together to rebel against dysfunctional systems.
From The Declaration Of Indepence:
“We 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. “
In a historical era when few European-controlled colonies independently sought to become their own sovereignty, America had the audacity to proclaim it should rule itself, it should break free of the ruling laws of its day, and it should break free from the longstanding religious laws and authorities that had “always” ruled it.
“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government”
A core characteristic of being an American is to choose to publicly declare opposition to oppression or unjust standards & laws, and to rebel against them notoriously and in written publication. The forefathers (and mothers) didn’t try to hide their choices, rationales, or rebellions.
“Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes . . . But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
To make a social or relationship analogy, the United States’ (no longer describing themselves as subjected colonies) choice to form a self-government was a choice to pursue a divorce. In an accurate and figurative sense, the beginning of the union and cooperation of the 13 united states was a choice to join together to face a contentious and violent divorce from Great Britain, a divorce that might lead to independence and self-governance.
“We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved . . . And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
One thing can be send of the United States’ founders: They had balls. Big ones. When faced with apparent no-win situations under their culture’s longstanding (hundreds of years of) laws, authority, and systems, they looked for, found, and chose one more option that had not been effectively and enduringly accomplished before.
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