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Can you have one without the other?

The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time; the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Summary View of the Rights of British America, 1774

Patrick Lee’s Explanation
Freedom-loving leaders know when half a loaf won’t do.
This thought was key in Jefferson’s final paragraph in Summary View, his appeal to the British king and parliament through the Continental Congress. The natural rights of life AND liberty came from the same source and were bound together, almost as one.

England could destroy both their lives and their liberty, but they could not separate them. Life without the liberty to enjoy it at one’s will (within that society’s self-imposed limits for the general welfare of all) would be a violation of natural law.

Jefferson followed this excerpt with these prescient words, “This, sire, is our last, our determined resolution; and that you will be pleased to … redress of these our great grievances, … ” England did not respond in any positive way. Two years later, Jefferson would reprise the thoughts of Summary View in a much shorter document, the Declaration of American Independence.

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