I will not repeat nor edit the eloquent initial words of the Declaration, I’ll start with the complaints Jefferson levied against the King, change the wording a bit, add a footnote or two, and see if this new Declaration would fit Jefferson’s meaning just as well.
I will start with this from the original:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all …men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The history of the present King of America is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
– (Violation of Article II, Section I, Clause V of the U.S. Constitution)