Who Needs Quill Pens? Tweet the Declaration

twitter uncle sam jpg.jpgWe could reprint the entire Declaration of Independence, as we have in the past, but then that wouldn’t really give you anything to do. Last week, Slate wondered what would have happened if Thomas Jefferson had had a Twitter account instead of a quill pen. The result was the #tinydeclaration contest on Twitter. Some favorites:

Daniel Pink: A bunch of us ragtag colonists have decided to take on the world’s most powerful army! LOL. #tinydeclaration

TheBosha: British Empire, we quit. But we’ll always buy even your worst rock stars and reflexively drop our panties for your accents. #TinyDeclaration

So what’s yours? Distill the Declaration to its essential core. In 140 characters or less, tell us what TJ would have tweeted.

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  1. If Thomas Jefferson had a Twitter account, he would have used Microsoft word…..
    This is really a dumb idea.
    Why distill one of the great bits of writing ever committed to paper? To what end? Oh, right, “journalist” have nothing else to do but come up with really bad ideas….
    Really, is it SO hard for some to simply enjoy the words as written?
    Because, in all deference to Slate and Deb, how does one distill this (without the usual too-cool-for-school approach far too many seem employ when discussing serious issues):
    “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.”?
    Or this:
    “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
    I’ll wait…..

  2. Considering that both Slate and Baristanet benefit from the liberties imagined by these men, the freedom that they offered their lives for, and their foresight and imagination to create a society where the ideas of men (and women) can come to fruition, I find this neither fun nor creative.
    But that’s me….
    Sadly, for some, everything is worthy of mocking.

  3. Three cheers for the USA’s 234th Birthday!!!
    While we enjoy ourselves at our barbecues let us remember those who have sacrificed for our freedom. From our the founding fathers that were brave enough to declare our nation free from tyranny even with the threat of war looming, to our soldiers who are deployed and their families who wait for them at home.
    God Bless America! Have a Happy Independence Day!!!

  4. spaceck,
    The prof had PLENTY of beer (and pork at his All Pork Fourth), but what does “lightening up” have to do with the appropriateness of this post and idea?

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