Later that night, the Americans destroyed a bronze statue of British King George III that stood at the foot of Broadway on Bowling Green. When Jefferson wrote his famous preamble, he affirmed in more eloquent language the philosophy of natural rights expressed in the Virginia Declaration adopted by the founders. And when Jefferson said in the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence that “in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political ties that bound them to another,” he recognized the right to revolution, which, as the founders believed, should be exercised when a tyrannical government threatened natural rights. This is what Jefferson meant when he said that Americans must “accept the separate and equal position to which the laws of nature and the God of nature entitle them.” The 5. In May 1920, the new committee reported on the physical condition of the safes that housed the Declaration and the Constitution. He said: “Safes are made of thin sheets of steel. They are not flame retardant, and they would not offer much obstacle to an evil person who wanted to enter them. On the physical state of the statement, the committee said: “We believe that discoloration cannot go any further. . .