Have you ever read through the Declaration of Independence and thought to yourself, “What a clear presentation of reasoning. Why can’t our leaders today argue in such a straightforward way?” If you read the Declaration carefully, you can discern this pattern of reasoning:
If P then Q
This pattern of reasoning is called modus ponens, and the three parts of the Declaration can be understood in this way.
If any form of government becomes destructive of our unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, then it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government.
The government of the king of Great Britain has shown itself to be destructive of these rights (as shown in a long list of grievances).
Therefore, these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent States.
One wishes that such clear reasoning would once again rule in the hearts and minds of our nation, its people and its rulers.