Difficult as it might be to discern, this isn't a story from The Onion. According to this article by Matt Danzico and Kate Dailey in BBC News Magazine, while "Republican candidates in Nevada were debating such American issues as nuclear waste disposal and the immigration status of Mitt Romney's gardener", American and British lawyers in Philadelphia were checking whether Jefferson's Declaration of Independence was legal.
The Declaration of Independence was not only illegal, but actually treasonable. There is no legal principle then or now to allow a group of citizens to establish their own laws because they want to. What if Texas decided today it wanted to secede from the Union?
Lincoln made the case against secession and he was right. The Declaration of Independence itself, in the absence of any recognised legal basis, had to appeal to "natural law", an undefined concept, and to "self-evident truths", that is to say truths for which no evidence could be provided.
|"The C.I.A. may have committed crimes to prevent the exposure of interrogations."|
|University Develops System to Vote Using Tablets and Smartphones|
|"The system put in place to keep the United States safe is so massive that its effectiveness is impossible to determine."|
|The Ministry of Oil Defense|
|"Overwhelmingly the security is the security of the state from its own population and that's why things have to be kept secret."|
|Lightweight, Affordable, Programmable Robotic Arm|
|Generating Electricity from Human Movement to Power Smart Gadgets|
|The Language With Only 123 Words|
|I'm Talking to You Son|
|"Do teenagers understand the outdated tech in our icons?"|
|Listening to Music as it Travels Away from Earth|
|"It would be quite dangerous for humanity to communicate with a civilization we don’t know anything about."|
|"No one has been able to create a laser that beams white light."|
|"Boxed-meal companies grapple each other for control of the American dinner plate."|
|"In many ways, modern cars are computer networks on wheels. "|
|"Google's Dave Vos foresees a day when thousands of drones will routinely ply the skies above cities."|
|How Drone Delivery Might Look Like|
|Netflix Still Makes Money from DVDs|
|37 Million Americans Have Never Been Online|
|The Future of the Pneumatic Will be Airless|