4th of July Message (& who I’m voting for in November) by Christine SmithSubmitted by StaxBrix on Fri, 07/04/2008 - 19:49
“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…”
A strong bold and clear definition of the proper form of government, one deriving its power from the citizens solely to protect the rights each individual is born with. Fifty years later, Jefferson wrote in a letter to Henry Lee describing the Declaration of Independence as “an appeal to the tribunal of the world,” and “…intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion…”
Continuing from the Declaration of Independence, “…Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people…” 56 signers put their lives on the line for a vision we as Americans celebrate every 4th of July.
They were men unafraid to challenge the injustices imposed upon the people, bold enough to declare the existence of 13 sovereign states, and courageous in stating clearly the people should be governed by the rule of law not by the words and control of a man with dictatorial rule, unrestrained by law, unjust, a usurper of sovereignty…in short - a tyrant.