Posted by: tucsonjefe | July 3, 2009

Independence Day – Still Worth the Price

July 4, 1776:  The Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, with particular emphasis on the wrongs done by King George III. The second sentence of that document has become part of the American legend:

 “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.”

 Note that there is no argument for an American concerning these truths.  Our founders held them to be evident of themselves.  These are the postulates from which all the rest of our culture and system follow.  First, all men are equal, not in ability or beauty or social station, but in creation.  The existence of a Creator is deemed to be self-evident, and all men are created equal before Him, and are therefore of equal value. They must be treated equally by any legal system based on this self-evident truth.  Living up to that singular ideal has been an arduous process, bur one no other nation has ever even attempted.  Note the following:

  1. The existence of a Creator is necessary to understand what it means to be an American.  With all due respect to atheists and agnostics, you are incapable of grasping our country.
  2. Our rights are given by the Creator, not the government. (the government serves at the pleasure of the people, not the other way around)
  3. The rights He has given us are unalienable – that means they cannot be taken away because they are part of the nature of the created being.  I was created free.
  4. We have many inalienable rights, but these three are paramount. (Specifics may be found in the first ten amendments to the Constitution.)
  5. There is a right to life, not to sexual activity without restriction.
  6. There is a right to liberty. The only restrictions on that liberty would come as my liberty infringes on the rights of others.  One purpose of government is to protect my liberty.
  7. I am free to pursue happiness as I choose to define that term.  Government protects the pursuit but can never guarantee that I will obtain it.  My happiness is my responsibility.

I could continue, but that is enough to give us something to consider this Independence Day.  The men who signed this document understood that they were putting their lives on the line for these ideas.  They were revolutionary then, and so they remain. The next sentence reads, “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” 

Scripture Reading:   The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.  (Psalms 33:11-12 NKJV)

Somebody Said: Its hard to top the way they said it:

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — 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.

Happy 4th of July.  Have a hot dog, say a prayer, make a commitment.



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