Patient Sufferance

For years, I’ve had an inner debate over what the most important words in the Declaration of Independence(DOI) are? I always keep coming back to “patient sufferance”.

The exact line is

“Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”

It is more a transitional line but contains the words “patient sufferance”. Before it were generalities. It points back to the “while evils are sufferable” line.

“and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

After the list of grievances come these key words:

“In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”

It all sounds eerily similar to our present state. We tried the humble route. We tried the petition route. Even the answers to the petitions, when given, are specious and declarative of the same power they use over us. We voiced our grievances and reasoned our appeals.

In return, we were given the equivalent of the middle finger. It’s been done under the auspices of Government’s ruling class elites and both political parties. Our public servants have engaged in self-service. Our logic and appeals were ignored.

We’re told that we’ll have a voice… in the next election. In the next election we will vett our officials; in the next election we’ll determine the issues; in the next election we will have our say. Always in the next election…always looking to the next election.

Back to the DOI:

“We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity.”

Such has been our “patient sufferance” — growing ever impatient.
So much for the presumption of consanguinity. Next election…

RightRing | Bullright

15 comments on “Patient Sufferance

  1. BR, that is easily one of your better posts, …which is saying something.
    Wonderful concept, and written beautifully.

    Kudos, partner!

    Just wish it was on a sunnier subject, but there’s no denying the truth…


  2. Davetherave says:

    Outstanding writing Bull!! I am in total agreement with JTR. I believe this is one of your best post to date and you are one damn good writer, so that is saying something. Wonderfully done my friend.

    Keep up the great work, because we are right back in the same position as our colonies living under a tyrant and elite class. They care not about us or our grievance’s, thus our “patient sufferance” fall upon deaf ears. We all have a point where we run out of patience…


    • bullright says:

      Dave, thanks but, hey, how about those great writers that had the forethought to see a train wreck and warn us? It was pretty direct, you’d think. If only we would listen and heed the warning. (we wouldn’t be in this mess)


  3. Mrs. AL says:

    IMO the Declaration of Independence is our founding document, not the constitution. The constitution is the manner of the government, not the heart and soul of the country.

    You have written a most excellent piece here, Bullright. I hope those who use social medial will tweet, facebook and whatever all over the place. Take a bow!


    • bullright says:

      Mrs. AL, I appreciate the comments.

      I agree it’s the foundation. But trying to condense the sentiments is tough though, Its also a great philosophical document. We used to be proud of it – taught in schools. Now? But their progressive idea that the Constitution makes the DOI irrelevant is nonsense on steroids.


      • Davetherave says:

        Hope you all don’t mind me jumping in on this discussion. I respect our DOI and Constitution greatly, but I wish our Founder’s had went more along the lines of the Federalist Papers when framing our constitution. The FP are so well written.

        Of course I realized they were written by just (three framers, if memory serves) and it’s much easier to get three to agree than all those that participated in writing our Constitution. It also didn’t help the situation that T. Jefferson was not present during the writing of our Constitution being in France discussing the negotiations of the ass whooping we (with the help of the French War Ships) gave the Brits. T. Jefferson was the brightest of our framers (IMO) and I’ll never understand why he was chosen to go to France.

        We’d already kicked the Brits ass, so we really didn’t need our brightest Founder to negotiate. Just a pretty smart guy that was a hard ass. Oh well…Que Sera, Sera.


        • bullright says:

          I agree n the importance of Fed papers. All the warnings are spelled out. If you compare them to what they are doing/did with the constitution, the fears are justified. (what they did with Kelo and then SCOTUS on Obamacare are first class examples) I’m not sure what the reasons were.


  4. Mrs. AL says:

    Dave, that is an interesting comment. I will munge on this. As for me, I am more inclined to look at the Articles of Confederation and when comparing/contrasting between them and the Constitution – I see the States coming out on the short end of the stick.

    BTW, I don’t mind you “jumping in.” Isn’t that what we are supposed to do to share ideas and thoughts 🙂


  5. Davetherave says:

    Bull & Mrs. AL, thank you for the warm welcome of my opinion!

    The first thing that always comes to my mind about the Federalist Papers is right in Federalist No 1: “It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force.”

    Written by Hamilton; it shows the great concern of maintaining a “good government” and I think it is now pretty obvious his concern was not only justified, but the answer is sadly “no”…..


    • bullright says:

      Hey Dave, that reminds me its a bit like Obamacare. What law they gave us (bad as it was with Obamacare) bears little resemblance to what they enacted(bad as that was). Their interpretation — and opinion, and fiat law — hardly resembles the Constitution that was ratified. There’s one heck of a lot of bait and switch going on.

      And it is sad it’s no.


      • Davetherave says:

        Bull, I totally agree. Obamcide is sooo bad that King Barry is already mentioning delaying it for another year. I think would make the third delay. Even Dem’s up for election this year are running as far away from it as they can. Of course so many moron Barry worshipers don’t even catch on the law is not being changed at all. Just delayed to help the Dem’s this upcoming election and they’ll fall in line like good little sheep at the polls.

        Once again; I must take the opportunity to express our once great nation is terminally ill dying from a severe case of the Dumb Ass Disease…


  6. Mrs. AL says:

    Hamilton was right of course, Dave. And so are you … “but the answer is sadly “no”…..”



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