Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Two Nations -- One Liberty

“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.”

4 comments:

Susanna Moore said...

Great Post! You are certainly correct about Americans losing their freedoms. I think it mostly comes through being passive, but also through being "reeducated" into thinking the way they want us to. I love America, but my first allegiance is to God and His Word.

Deo Vindice!

Wholesome Works said...

Elizabeth,

Excellent post.

The Civil War was a big step backwards for America, but I think our Godless society, that puts its faith in humanism, is going to bring an end to those freedoms that remain.

Zachary

Robert W Moore said...

Elizabeth,

Thank you for an insightful article -- one of your best.

The Constitution of the Confederate States of America was stronger than the U.S. Constitution. While establishing a government system nearly identical to that of the U.S. in most aspects, there were new components such as the forbidding of slave importation. The power of the central government was more limited, and, not surprisingly, states' rights were emphasized. (In this respect, one could see the influence of American statesmen such as former U.S. Vice President John C. Calhoun.)

The U.S. Constitution acknowledged the people of the United States as the government's source of power, while the C.S.A. Constitution invoked the name of Almighty God as our source of legitimacy.

Men such as Nathan Bedford Forrest, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, Albert Sidney Johnston, J.E.B. Stuart, and Robert E. Lee were patriots who fought for their respective states and their country -- the C.S.A.

Confederate General Richard Taylor of Kentucky was the son of U.S. President Zachary Taylor. Robert E. Lee followed the footsteps of his brave father, Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee, one of George Washington's strongest officers in the first war for independence. Robert E. Lee learned the importance of local self-determination and limited government from his father. He fought for the same principles.

As always, we must look to the Lord for our liberty. This current American empire cannot stand indefinitely. The arrogance of the President's administration -- his willingness to violate our constitution to further his own agenda -- does not bode well for those who espouse the 19th century theory of Manifest Destiny (i.e. sea to shining sea).

Again, thank you for a thoughtful and well written article.

Bryce said...

Thank you for the excellent post, and comparison of the first and second wars for independence. Our country turned a corner after the second war, which accelerated our slide into our current situtation. Your analysis is right on!