“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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. — 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…”
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America proclaimed the right of the people to alter or abolish the Government that violated its people.
Brave Patriots signed this momentous document on that hot July day in 1776 with sufficient reason to throw off the unjust rule of the English government and King.
This is recognized almost universally to be true. It would be unpatriotic and unreasonable to think that John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, etc. were wrong to break from their “Mother Country” and form new ties in the pursuit of their God given liberty and happiness.
Just as these men were willing to risk their lives and fight for the right to be free from a country wholly opposed to their well being, another people sought the same freedom acknowledged in the Declaration of Independence.
Less than a hundred years after the signing on July 4, 1776 the Confederate States of America tried to retain the freedoms fought for by their parents and grandparents in the War for American Independence.
Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy, spoke for the South when he stated that,
“We simply wish to govern ourselves as we please. We simply stand where our revolutionary fathers stood in ’76. We stand upon the great fundamental principle announced on the 4th of July, 1776, and incorporated in the Declaration of Independence – that great principle announced that governments derive their just power from the consent of the governed.”
The Declaration proclaimed the right of the people to abolish the erring government and form a new government that would protect their God given liberty. The Southerners tried to peacefully use these rights and leave the Union.
They were not prevented by Constitutional law but by the unlawful invasion of the United States Army.
The North played the same role that the British had occupied in the previous War for Independence. Led by President Abraham Lincoln the United States used vicious tactics to crush the same rights that they had defended only 85 years previous.
As we celebrate Independence Day this year remember the freedoms declared in the document signed 230 years ago today. Our freedom has been trampled. Are we now sitting back as our Government continues to take our liberties away piece by piece? Is there any Patriotism left? What would our founding Fathers George Washington, John Hancock, and Thomas Jefferson think if they saw the present condition of the United States as it exists today in the 21st century?
Take this moment to pray that our nation would be humbled and return to its God honoring foundation. "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" Psalm 11:3
“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.”