Sunday, July 01, 2007

happy independence day!

This will be my last post until after the 4th. Family before blogging! Also, swimming and picnicking and parades and festivals and working on my savage tan before blogging!!

I thought that it would be instructive to look at the words of the Declaration of Independence, and see just exactly what our nation's founding charter said. Have a great Independence Day, and please stay mindful of the "reason for the season!"

We hold these truths to be self-evident (The words that follow illustrate basic truths that are clear enough to need no proof; they are axiomatic.)

that all men are created equal (Each of us, every one, is created in God's image, so we are equal in His eyes. It follows that we should be treated equally under the law.)

that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights (God has blessed us with certain rights that cannot be taken away or transferred to anyone else.)

that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. (There are others, but three of those rights that God has given us are the right to life, beginning at conception; the right to liberty, which means that we ought for the most part to be left alone by government; and the right to pursue happiness, which our Founding Fathers understood to mean the right to property. Pres. Bush calls that the "ownership society." Means the same thing.)

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men (We the people create government, and empower government to safeguard our God-given rights.)

deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. (This is the very definition of "popular sovereignty," and it was a radical concept in 1776. Heck, it's a radical concept in 2007! It means that power flows from "we the people" to government. Put another way, government is not the source of power in America. The people are the source of power in America. I think the Senate missed that memo! That's why they required a "reminder.")

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it (If our government, the one that we the people empowered to safeguard our God-given rights, starts taking those rights away from us, we the people have the right to change or dissolve that government. We're the boss. We are "The Deciders!")

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. (We the people have the right and the power to create a new government, if we wish, that will more effectively safeguard our God-given rights. We are the "Chairman of the Board," the "CEO," of our government, and we have the right to make any "organizational changes" we desire, up to and including eliminating the whole thing and starting over, in order to ensure that our God-given rights are not messed with.)

Seems pretty simple to me! Why do liberaliars want to make things so complicated by ignoring the truth?


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