I Do Declare! Independence for the Modern Lawyer

Last night, I was reading our Declaration of Independence--don't ask me why--and I noticed something very interesting. First, let me say that I am no expert on it. Just another average joe with a law degree.
You know how programmers in the early '80s always built "back doors" so that if they had to hack back into the program, they'd be able to get back in?
Well, I found the Declaration's. Seriously.
"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."
Just thought I'd share.

The other neat-o thing is that they weren't too subtle about it either. It's the last half of the third sentence!

Poor, mad King George didn't stand a chance against ye ole' "I can't tell a lie" George W. ... I'm just sayin'.

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amigaboy said...

remember that Jefferson wrote the Declaration, not GW - and he was very consistent over time about the public's 'right to overthrow' when/if it suited them. 1776 hackers, indeed :)



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