May 17, 2018

AN EASILY AVOIDABLE MISTAKE:

No Taxation Without Representation And Other Reasons America Declared Independence (Kelly Phillips Erb , 7/04/17, FORBES)

The Declaration of Independence is technically a letter to the King. When the Declaration was being drafted, the colonists felt that it was important that the exact reasons for their unhappiness were made clear. The largest section of the Declaration - after the lines that we all memorized in elementary school - is that list of grievances. Of course, taxes were included:

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.

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For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

The word "Consent" was important. Under the British Constitution, no British subjects could be taxed without the consent of their representatives in Parliament. But the colonies didn't elect representatives to Parliament. They were, however, clearly being taxed. The colonists considered the constant imposition of taxes without a vote to be unconstitutional. It was, they felt, "taxation without representation."

George should have just demanded that America be granted parliamentary representation in Britain or he would recognize a separate American legislature.

Posted by at May 17, 2018 4:00 AM

  

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