4th of July, 1776 …. 14th of July, 1789:
TWO REVOLUTIONS, THE AMERICAN AND THE FRENCH, JUST THE BEGINNING OF THE FIGHT TO SECURE THE INALIENABLE HUMAN RIGHTS OF ALL.
By Jean-Pierre Ady Fenyo
Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson ( standing ) … as they are Revising The Wording of The Declaration of Independence in 1776, sometime between June and July the 3rd … before it would be Declared and almost entirely Signed by all who eventually signed it, because even on the day of The Declaration, July the 4th, not every single signatory was there to sign the document! [ This is a little known fact. ]
Our INDEPENDENCE for The Purpose of The Formation of A United States of America, in which We The People would have a Secular Democratic Republic whose Constitutional Government would be based on these finest of words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all ‘individual persons’ ( in the original the word men is used … because the word ‘men’ was generally understood to include women, children, and infants ) are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable ( also can be spelled with an ‘i’: inalienable ) Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Declaration of Independence begins as follows ( the full text can be found easily online ) :
“ In Congress, July 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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. — 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, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. 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.
— Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
“He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
“He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
“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.
“He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
“He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness of his invasions on the rights of the people.
“He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
“He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
“He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
“He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
“He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
“He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
“He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
“For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
“For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
“For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
“For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
“For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
“For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
“For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
“For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
“He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
“He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat 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.
“He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
“He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions. <<<<
<<<< I, JP Fenyo, will not be an apologist for this particular paragraph. Yes…I am aware of it, as being born of extremely offensive prejudice and racism towards Native Americans, as it is evident that there is no effort to distinguish at all. IF, let us suppose, it had been written in this manner instead: He ( King George ) has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the original native inhabitants of our frontiers, where too many of the original natives have indeed suffered from horrific racism and actual genocidal slaughters of defenceless men, women, children and infants at the hands of certain number of those amongst us who are themselves ignorant savage ‘white’ Europeans stealing their way into the lands shared by the original native peoples, the merciless few amongst those tribes who understandably and justifiably are resisting the genocidal onslaught perpetrated by those amongst our own newcomers, the merciless amongst them who seem to have no qualms about brutally harming and murdering people of all ages, sexes and conditions. <<<< Then that would have been evidence of truly enlightened and benevolent intent! So: it did come to my attention that I should point this out. Same as when it comes to Columbus Day, I have said that that should be changed to Detecive Colombo Italian-American Cultural Appreciation Day…or Colombo Day.
The Shameful Final Grievance of the Declaration of Independence
The revolution wasn't only an effort to establish independence from the British-it was also a push to preserve slavery…
And now back to the original document’s original wording. >>>>>
“In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”
“Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.”
“We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.”
“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 that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. 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.” “ …. “
[ Signed by the Founders … Note: The States are not listed in the actual document and its copies ]
- New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
- Massachusetts: Samuel Adams, John Adams, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
- Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
- Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
- New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
- New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
- Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
- Delaware: George Read, Caesar Rodney, Thomas McKean
- Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
- Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
- North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
- South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward Jr., Thomas Lynch Jr., Arthur Middleton
- Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
And here is the The French Revolution’s Declaration of Human and Civic Rights of 26 August 1789:
“ The representatives of the French People, formed into a National Assembly, considering ignorance, forgetfulness or contempt of the rights of man to be the only causes of public misfortunes and the corruption of Governments, have resolved to set forth, in a solemn Declaration, the natural, unalienable and sacred rights of man, to the end that this Declaration, constantly present to all members of the body politic, may remind them unceasingly of their rights and their duties; to the end that the acts of the legislative power and those of the executive power, since they may be continually compared with the aim of every political institution, may thereby be the more respected; to the end that the demands of the citizens, founded henceforth on simple and incontestable principles, may always be directed toward the maintenance of the Constitution and the happiness of all. In consequence whereof, the National Assembly recognises and declares, in the presence and under the auspices of the Supreme Being, the following Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Social distinctions may be based only on considerations of the common good. The aim of every political association is the preservation of the natural and imprescriptible rights of Man. These rights are Liberty, Property, Safety and Resistance to Oppression. The principle of any Sovereignty lies primarily in the Nation. No corporate body, no individual may exercise any authority that does not expressly emanate from it.
Liberty consists in being able to do anything that does not harm others: thus, the exercise of the natural rights of every man has no bounds other than those that ensure to the other members of society the enjoyment of these same rights. These bounds may be determined only by Law. The Law has the right to forbid only those actions that are injurious to society. Nothing that is not forbidden by Law may be hindered, and no one may be compelled to do what the Law does not ordain. The Law is the expression of the general will. All citizens have the right to take part, personally or through their representatives, in its making. It must be the same for all, whether it protects or punishes. ( not enumerated, due to editing limitations here): All citizens, being equal in its eyes, shall be equally eligible to all high offices, public positions and employments, according to their ability, and without other distinction than that of their virtues and talents. No man may be accused, arrested or detained except in the cases determined by the Law, and following the procedure that it has prescribed. Those who solicit, expedite, carry out, or cause to be carried out arbitrary orders must be punished; but any citizen summoned or apprehended by virtue of the Law, must give instant obedience; resistance makes him guilty. The Law must prescribe only the punishments that are strictly and evidently necessary; and no one may be punished except by virtue of a Law drawn up and promulgated before the offense is committed, and legally applied. As every man is presumed innocent until he has been declared guilty, if it should be considered necessary to arrest him, any undue harshness that is not required to secure his person must be severely curbed by Law. No one may be disturbed on account of his opinions, even religious ones, as long as the manifestation of such opinions does not interfere with the established Law and Order.
The free communication of ideas and of opinions is one of the most precious rights of man. Any citizen may therefore speak, write and publish freely, except what is tantamount to the abuse of this liberty in the cases determined by Law. To guarantee the Rights of Man and of the Citizen a public force is necessary; this force is therefore established for the benefit of all, and not for the particular use of those to whom it is entrusted. For the maintenance of the public force, and for administrative expenses, a general tax is indispensable; it must be equally distributed among all citizens, in proportion to their ability to pay. All citizens have the right to ascertain, by themselves, or through their representatives, the need for a public tax, to consent to it freely, to watch over its use, and to determine its proportion, basis, collection and duration. Society has the right to ask a public official for an accounting of his administration. Any society in which no provision is made for guaranteeing rights or for the separation of powers, has no Constitution.
Since the right to Property is inviolable and sacred, no one may be deprived thereof, unless public necessity, legally ascertained, obviously requires it, and just and prior indemnity has been paid.
Here can be found the Declaration. CLICK THIS HERE LINK.
< THE BONDS THAT TIE Our United States of America and The French Republic are Eternal in the Spirit of Human Liberty!
Painting of The French Revolutions’ Declaration of Human and Civic Rights of 26 August 1789, painted by Jean-Jacques-François Le Barbier.
And now I repeat a Most Urgently Important Message, a Warning for Us who recently had to Defend an Attack on Our Sacred Capitol of Democracy, when it was Assaulted by Anti-Democratic, Fascists … in an illegal, unethical and anti-Constitutional Insurrection on a day that shall exist in Historical Infamy: January the 6th, 2021.
It is thanks to the valiant, heroic Capitol Police Officers, other Law Enforcement Officers, and to wonderful, valiant and heroic Key Defenders of Our Secular Democratic Constitution …. such as Representative Adam Schiff, Representative Jamie Raskin, Speaker of The House Nancy Pelosi, just to name a very few …. that Our Democracy can still be Fully Restored and Saved for All Times to Come.
But the threat to Our United States of America is very real and constant, at the time of this writing.
I declare the following,
Given that Fascism is, Fascism of any type, form, degree, is the eternal enemy of Democracy, and given, thus, that Fascism is the eternal enemy of The Inalienable Human Rights of all Individual Persons such as The Inalienable Rights to Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness, among other implied and inter-connected Human Rights;
We must fully and without any doubt, without any hesitation of conviction of thought, understand that, both by factor of all self-evident logic, and by the understanding of what Democracy and Our Secular Democratic Constitution imply, enforce the Legal Power of the Constitution’s anti-Fascist nature and thus re-commit ourselves to our full opposition to all evidential forms of Fascism, as Fascism is actually illegal in a true Democracy, and thus those who by factor of their public speeches and publications declare themselves to be Fascists, to be against true Democracy, Fascists of any type, are Enemies of The State and Enemies of The Constitution and must never be allowed to run for public government office, unless they declare themselves totally in agreement with Democracy and totally opposed to any and all forms of Fascism, including Plutocracy and Theocracy, Feudalism and Monarchy, Authoritarianism and Dictatorship of any sort, and sign a legally binding statement to such effect, as should all potential public government office holders.
We need to fully and unequivocally declare and mandate the enactment of more-explicitly-worded outlawing of Fascism and of Fascists from participating as candidates running for office in and official elections for government authoritative positions.
We need to do this without further delay! Urgently! As the enemies of Our Secular Democracy, domestic and foreign, are currently seeking every possible way to totally destroy Our Democracy and Us Defenders of Democracy and Our Secular Democratic Constitution.
This, the aforementioned advisements, should already have been acted upon, with direct positive consequence to true protection of our Democracy, our defence of Our Democracy against all enemies foreign and domestic …. as was done at the time of the each of the two World Historic Secular Democracies, when they were declared on July the 4th, 1776, in the newly declared united States of America, and on the 26th of August, 1789, in The Republic of France.
We must take action now!
The enemies of democracy can only lethally strike us and destroy us, if we fail to act with absolute resolve, certainty of conviction and awareness of the dangers, not just the dangers to our Democracies, but, given the current technological ability of Humans, the dangers to our entire World! Our only Home Planet! To all Life on the Planet we call Terra! Earth!
Just do it!
Stop Fascism, stop Fascists from participating in our official elections.
They can always buy their own private land and/or club houses and do unto themselves as We The People do not want done unto Us!
Jean-Pierre Ady Fenyo
And authentic Anti-Fascist.
4th of July, 2021
The French Revolution’s Storming of The Bastille, Paris, July the 14th, 1789.
Painting by Jean-Baptiste Lallemand, 1790. ( Museum of The French Revolution, Paris ).
The Second French Revolution to Restore The Republic, 30th of July, 1830.
Painting by Eugène Delacroix — Le 28 Juillet. La Liberté guidant le peuple.
Think! Too, too, too many Individual Persons have died, have been murdered by the fascists throughout History.
Democracy, properly maintained and protected by all Democratic Persons, is the only way to ensure the Survival and Progress of All Humanity.