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Three Founding Documents of the United States

• What is the Declaration of Independence
• What are the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution
• Draw a conclusion about the ideals stated in the Declaration. Are they still pertinent? Which has the greater ability to accomplish them- - a distant national government funded by all Americans, or a closer state government, responsive to its population only?

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The Declaration of Independence is a strange document. The enumeration of offenses states that it is the monarch who accomplished these. Yet, in the next paragraph, it states accurately that it was the legislature, parliament and the enemy of the crown, that committed these political crimes. Chances are, kings are easily personalized, while legislatures are more abstract. Regardless, it is deceptive, and many of the crimes listed here never occurred, or were far from being crimes at the time.

Yet, the Declaration is a protest against the Parliament for legislating taxation without regard to whether or not the colonies were represented. In 2015, this is taken for granted. The average ...

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This brief explanation argues that the amount of state power exercised in 2015 dwarfed even the most twisted dreams of the Federalists in 1775-1776. What was then considered "tyranny" and "usurpation" is now considered the practical world of government. To bring the country back to the ideals of the Declaration would require a revolution.