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If Only Thomas Jefferson
Could Settle the Issue

New York Times, by Jennifer Schuessler

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/3/2014 9:35:09 AM

Every Fourth of July, some Americans sit down to read the Declaration of Independence, reacquainting themselves with the nation’s founding charter exactly as it was signed by the Second Continental Congress in 1776. Or almost exactly? A scholar is now saying that the official transcript of the document produced by the National Archives and Records Administration contains a significant error — smack in the middle of the sentence beginning “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” no less. The error, according to Danielle Allen, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., concerns a period that appears right after

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Here´s a controversy to explode heads, mine included.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: jackson, 7/3/2014 9:59:42 AM     (No. 9909554)

The Times channeling Ol´ Tom J.? You know, the rich white slave owner who called "Redskins" "merciless Indian savages" in that same Declaration? Who illegally bought Louisiana from a scheming Napoleon and screwed the Spanish? Who suggested gays be castrated? I get it. Ms. Allen must believe that the line was where he meant to include EBT cards and free condoms were part of our unalienable rights.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: happy conservative, 7/3/2014 10:04:22 AM     (No. 9909560)

Leave it to a liberal woman to blame everything on a period.

But seriously, another foolish academician who thinks she can solve all the problems of this country and receive her unearned 15 minutes of fame by picking apart a dot.

Silly!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Hank Reardon, 7/3/2014 10:07:03 AM     (No. 9909563)

I regret I could only like it once, #2.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Highlander, 7/3/2014 10:12:09 AM     (No. 9909575)

All anyone with a smidgen of intelligence needs to do is to observe how the Founders ran the government at the start. If they were truly the Founding "liberals," we would have seen that right away. Plenty of them were around to know if there was a period there or not.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Highlander, 7/3/2014 10:15:49 AM     (No. 9909584)

We must always be on our guard against the revisionists. They want to replace our history with their Orwellian version

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Reply 6 - Posted by: tank, 7/3/2014 11:06:58 AM     (No. 9909659)

Unlike #2, I have no idea from reading the document that the woman is liberal or conservative; however, my reading of the controversy is that the lack of the period (her position) would put the formation of the government subservient to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. This sounds profoundly conservative to me.

An unlike #2, I know what proper punctuation means when reading a treatise or legal document.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dman, 7/3/2014 11:35:13 AM     (No. 9909701)

Much ado about nothing. Didn´t the Constitution clarify that? More baloney from the NYT.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dwa, 7/3/2014 12:05:25 PM     (No. 9909772)

I believe this fake question was answered later where it is very specific in the Constitution. It innumerates those responsibilities of the Federal government and then says those not innumerates are left to the states and people. Another poor straw man made up by a lib.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mathman, 7/3/2014 2:01:08 PM     (No. 9909907)

The period does not apply in my Cato Institute copy of the Declaration.
The self-evident truth is that the purpose of government is to secure the three enumerated rights. How far have we fallen!
People first, government second, says the Declaration.
Government first, people second, say the Progressives.
I guess that is the choice.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 7/4/2014 12:22:34 AM     (No. 9910436)

The Declaration of Independence, along with the Constitution, served US well until 2008 when liberals were encouraged to froth at the mouth.

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