Have you read the Declaration of Independence? You really should, so you’ll see where we came from and the fact that we’re going back to the tyranny we fought a war over. This is a 10 part series on the Declaration. Let’s begin.
The most quoted part of the Declaration, lets look at the well-known preamble piece by piece.
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.
Self-evident, every one who thinks knows this. That every man and woman is created equal, by whateever higher power they believe in, with certain Rights. These Rights are natural and can not be taken away short of death, existing before any government was formed so government does not give us any rights, that’s the meaning of unalienable. “That among these” is that there is more than what is listed but later covered in the Bill of Rights.
Life: we are all born with it, and no one has the right to take it away, this gives you the right to defend it also.
Liberty: freedom to do as you want as long as you do no harm to others.
Pursuit of Happiness: To pursue what makes you happy. We are born of equal flesh and blank slates, what we do with our lives is what is unequal effort, and you have no guarantee of happiness.And taking from one to give to another is infringing on THAT person’s life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
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.
Governments are made by people, to protect the weaker people’s rights as well as the strong. We are equal in rights after all, and a government is to protect us from tyrants foreign and domestic. But government only works on those that allowed it, and when the tyranny comes from the very government that was formed to keep it away, people have the Right to liquidate it, and begin again. Building it around what they believe to effect their safety and happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
The Founders did give a warning, since they’ve proven to be far more far-sighted than the current crop in the government who only see as far as the next election. That warning is that the governmental changes makes waves that are felt by everyone, depending on the size of it. They also recognized that what’s familiar, the status-quo is accepted, until it gets uncomfortable, and that people will put up with a lot. Its why most change is incremental, you adapt to it, then are blind to it. And when tyranny reigns, its our right, and duty, to hit the reset button.
We defied one tyrant, fought for freedom, and birthed a nation based on the foundational right to live your own life as long as you do no harm to others. We have been moving steadily backwards from the ideals that founded America, and we should be ashamed. The power is in the people, and we abdicated that authority to faceless bureaucrats. We have a choice, Dependent or Independent. Which are you?
Next week, I’ll look at the charges against King George and see if we suffer under the same today.