Monday, July 04, 2005

Glenn has a nice column on the 4th, with citation from the Declaration of Independence.
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..

I keep a copy of the Declaration on my study wall. Those words never fail to move me no matter how many times I read them. In fact, the more I learn about history, the more moving I find them.

It’s too easy to regard those words as just another part of dusty history, like the date of some medieval battle or the name of a long-dead king rather than the philosophical underpinnings of the incredible freedom and prosperity we enjoy two centuries later. We should strive to recall the magnitude of the gift that the Founders bestowed upon us, their fortunate descendants, in the form of a free America.


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