As we celebrate the 234th birthday of these United States, it is appropriate to have a look at the document that launched our independence from Great Britain. In the realm of natural law and the destiny of mankind, this document may not be a statute, a code, or even “legal” as the existing governing body might decree, but it is certainly worth our greatest admiration for many reasons. From the art of Thomas Jefferson’s prose to the struggles that would come next. Take a moment and reflect on the Declaration of Independence:
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 to 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. Continue reading