By Phillip Leonard
The Declaration of Independence gives witness to our God-given right to Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness. This is the document by which we as a nation declare we are not subject to the demands of rulers of foreign nations. It opened the door to self-rule by government of the people. The necessity of this document became evident through a number of factors. A few of which are as follows:
Citizens of various nations left their country of origin because they wished to escape injustice, poverty, subjugation to an elite ruling class and unbearable taxes levied at the whim of any number of individuals in the ruling class.
Once in America immigrants found new opportunities, but the heavy hand of the colony’s founding nation’s ruler was still felt and that feeling was all too often uncomfortable.
If we renew the old ties of bondage to other nations who haven’t improved their system of governance in the last 400 years then we will have sold our birthright as stated in the Declaration of Independence. That is the three part birthright of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. We will again become the property of, and subject to, the whims of governments and despots who will see us only as a source of labor and resources.
If we join with foreign governments and agree to allow them ( i.e. international court in The Hague) to have any jurisdiction over American citizens for what they may do in their own country, or for what its soldiers or other US Government representatives may do while in the service of their government then we have forfeited our benefits under the Declaration of Independence. Foreign powers will feel no obligation to acknowledge an individual’s rights to life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness.
The fathers of this nation recognized the importance of acknowledging these God-given rights. Therefore, they devoted themselves to the task of drafting an instrument, which would ensure these rights for all citizens. Its comprehensiveness, economy of words, and simplicity of form are nothing less than marvelous.
If we reject the wisdom of our nation’s founding fathers, what do we stand to gain from such a mindless deed? The present administration is well on its way to “remaking America”. They are drowning us in debt. They want to destroy our present healthcare system, which more than 85% of the population participates in and most of which are happy with their coverage. The desire to destroy the old system of caring for the 85% is so the government can provide care for 7-10% at the expense of the 85%.
Capitalism is no longer going to be an acceptable economic system. The government will control manufacturing, labor, healthcare, energy and environment and the financial institutions. Various media outlets have already surrendered their independence to the present political machinery.
We have seen the disease infecting our national structure and weakening our ability to remain an independent sovereign nation. This is the same ailment, which was found so harmful by our founding fathers. The disease leads to an unsympathetic ruling class and a working class whose symptoms are heartache and hard times.
Our founding fathers were able to bring about a cure because the colonial congress was filled with moral virtuous men and when the average colonist saw they needed to be virtuous to gain and maintain their liberty they did so and it had the desired effect.
Today we do not have a congress filled with virtuous moral men, and our czars are avowed communists, tax dodgers, admitted adulterers, bribe-takers and they employ people and organizations who use intimidation, bribery, fraud and would fit right in with dictatorial regimes anywhere in the world.
We need to send new men to Washington, D.C. Men who are moral and virtuous. Without a healthy congress, we cannot succeed at restoring the Republic. In the meantime, we must express our dissatisfaction with the status quo. Not only do we need to voice our displeasure with it, but we must increase our numbers by helping to educate those suffering from apathy.