I have been directed to your Web posting at here at wisegeek and find several egregious errors in your content and statements.
First, you fail to site your references for your statements and conclusion arguments regarding the Declaration of Independence and the Continental Congress.
I am certain that there is a gross disregard for the content of our Declaration of Independence and it is evident there has been no reading or critical thinking on its content.
You state “…and the Second Continental Congress began to rule as a governing body over the colonies. This was seen as a problem by many delegates in the Congress because the colonies had no official claim to rule the land they occupied.”
The statement that “the Second Continental Congress began to rule as a governing body” is a false statement. Each delegate to the Continental Congress was sent as a representative of their colony appointed by that colonies legislative body with specific instructions as to what they could and could not do, refer to the several state constitutions and charters in place in 1775.
With regard to ruling, self rule, etcetera, you should read and comprehend paragraphs 3 through 8 of the Declaration and also include paragraph 23 as these are a part of the grievances that the colonies had with the King.
Regarding “…the colonies had no official claim to rule the land they occupied…” refer to paragraph 7 and 8 of the declaration, to wit: ¶ 7 “He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.” If the colonies did not possess self rule they would not have ‘Representative Houses’ which had been repeatedly closed because they opposed the King’s ‘invasions on the rights of the people.’
¶ 8 “He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; …” Elections occur because of self rule and the right to rule the land.
The right to rule was granted in the Colonial Charter as they were established. In ¶ 5 do note “…unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature” which representation was guaranteed in their charter.
Note that in ¶ 23 the grievance “For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally, the Forms of our Governments.” The King had attempting to confiscate Charters (this is a physical removal, not just an abolishment act) and the colonists hid their charters (the physical document) from those whom the king had sent. Why hide the document? So that they continued to hold physical proof of their rights of ownership and self governance.
The right of self rule was one of the reasons the Declaration was adopted.