The Dissections - Annotations
Analyzing our nation's foundation for government;
About The Dissection
Notice: The remaining PDF's below will be extensively edited and presented in full length on the respective linked-to web pages (below).
Each section below, dissects (or annotates, if you prefer) each of the united States of America's most important documents —right from the Beginning at 1776.
The inclusion of Locke and de Vattel are because they are said to have been studied by many of the signing representatives. They present the generally accepted views about government, right up until 1776 —when all that changed with The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.
To know the meaning of the words used by a given generation, we use dictionaries in publication, available for common use just a few years prior to the writing and or signing of that document, law, etc. being studied.
For the major portions of these dissections (The Declaration..., The Articles..., The Treaty..., as well as the main body of and the first ten amendments of The Constitution...) we use two Dictionaries of the English Language by Samuel Johnson. The first is a two-volume set, published in 1756. The second also is a two-volume set, published in 1785. Why Samuel Johnson and not Noah Webster? Because Webster's first and second editions respectively were published about 1806 and 1826; some 20 to 50 years after the signing of several of the earliest documents. Additionally, The National Achieves digitized these dictionaries and they were the first ones found that met the criteria of the prior to the charter contract dates. They were published, and they were available for common-use at the time.
Using after-the-fact dictionaries discredits a research —because definitions change over time; thus the newer definitions unethically amend the content-meaning; which often becomes what the people of later generations mistakenly believe to be true.
Emer de Vattel - The Law of Nations - 1758
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America - 1776
Supposedly, there had been several other such declarations sent to the Brittish Crown; but were not successfully defended.
This, apparently the last one sent; also, evidenced by the 1783 treaty below: successfully defended.
This, is the contract that created the nation —the union of states on the American continent: Thus, the united States of America[sic].PDF-link The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
The Articles of Confederation - 1777
Apparently, it is not too difficult to draft an entire constitution. They did this one, theoretically, between 1776 & 1777.
After 258 years since 1776; this generation should have learned many lessons about writing constitutions; what is needed to correct our present constitution; even perhaps another total re-write.PDF-link The Article of Confederation
The Definitive Treaty of Peace - 1783
One of the most important elements of this Treaty is that Great Britain does not grant to the colonies their freedom, independence, or sovereignty. Great Britain acknowledges that the united States of America are free, sovereign, and independent states.PDF-link The Definitive Treaty of Peace
The Constitution of the United States of America - 1790
It had only been 17 years with the first constitution, The Articles of Confederation. Many of the reason that are still taught for and about that change prove false...
- Congress unable to enforce tax; but granted power to do so.
- It created a weak government; that was so weak it defeated a global empire at the time.
- It did not have a two-house legislature (an easy amendment to fix it).
- It has some of the best term limits (not carried forward onto our present constitution)
All detailed in the dissection.PDF-link The Constitution of the United States of America
The Constitution of the Confederate States of America - 1861
Simply reading this constitution shows how messed up our nation's education system has become. Details in the dissection pages.PDF-link The Constitution for the Confederate States of America
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