June 20, 2024

Hankering for History

Hanker: To have a strong, often restless desire, in this case for–you guessed it–history!

“People Don’t Talk That Way Anymore”

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Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence

Nicolas Cage put it best in National Treasure when he said, “people don’t talk that way anymore.”

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.

If I wasn’t already, hearing that line would have made me proud to be an American. Once I actually sat down and broke down the words strung together to construct that sentence, I realized that I didn’t understand parts of it. After fully reading the Declaration of Independence, I can agree with Nicolas Cage that not only do people not “talk that way anymore”, but also that this particular part of the Declaration of Independence is a staple in the document. I would say that I work with and am surrounded by average people, with average intelligence; none of whom speak this eloquently. With technological advances and ‘Big Brother’, I do not feel that any person(s) could overthrow the United States of America even if they wanted to.

Getting back to literature and today’s jargon…. The art of brilliantly stringing a copious amount of words together is lost! The phraseology and common vernacular of today’s society has become stunted.  Unfortunately, as much as I would love to hear people speak like they used to, it will never be a reality. I believe that the Declaration of Independence has parts that are confusing, so below is a breakdown of the Declaration.

The three main points to remember are:

  • That all men are created equal
  • That all men have some rights given to them by God
  • That among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

The best breakdown I have found so far is Kidipede, Declaration of Independence.

I truly feel that as a citizen of the United States of America, everyone should fully comprehend the document that gained us our freedom. Do yourself and your country a favor and read it!

Declaration of Independence
Declaration of Independence

1 thought on ““People Don’t Talk That Way Anymore”

  1. Although not an American, I feel that the Declaration of Independence has an important place in the history of the West.
    It is a beautiful Statement of Intent that established an important Standard to be held to by ALL who wish to see a brighter future.

    As the West faces enemies both foreign and domestic, It is time to reaffirm our values and vanquish those that intend to extinguish the LIGHT OF THE WEST.
    mozlem supremacists that wish to destroy the west are among those aligned behind an attempt to bring the West to its knees.

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