Originally posted July 3, 2013. Reformatted. As just a reminder, “TL;DR” will not be published in the comments. This is the history of your country, for crying out loud!
but are interesting historical notes.
Can you imagine having to house troops in your barn? Or being denied the right to a trial by jury? Or suspending State Legislatures?
Remember– The National Humanities Center has an annotated Declaration of Independence which very very briefly notes the event(s) that precipitated the Grievance, and how the Grievance may have given rise to a provision in the Constitution, or Right in its first 10 amendments.
The first Grievances post also has a lot of links to, e.g., Thomas Paine’s writings and other
crappy old stuff that provide background.
If you haven’t already, be sure to read the “classic” Grievance: Taxation w/o consent.
And now, some more reasons the American Colonists were pissed off at King George III– with no commentary.
Grievance 11 of 27
He has kept among us, in time of Peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our Legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us
Grievance 15 For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments
For suspending our Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.