Wednesday, July 4, 2012
We Stand For Liberty!
236 years ago today, thirteen colonies formed a Congress and made a Declaration. This was the beginning of an experiment of liberty like no other. Those brave men decided that through the course of human events, it became necessary, to dissolve the political bands that connected them with another power, and assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitled them.
That's the premise that this nation is grounded upon. First they stated that it was through a process of events that mankind had created. Secondly they made it known they were not going to be subjected to another's tyranny any longer. Third they claimed a separate and equal right granted to them by not only the Laws of Nature, but by the Creator. This was their way of saying they'd had enough and with God's blessing they were going to do something about it.
As free men blessed with that right by the higher power that created them, they proclaimed that it should be apparent to everyone that their Creator granted them unalienable rights, sometimes called inalienable rights. The definition is the same, rights that cannot be separated, given away, nor taken away. No man, entity, or government has the authority to usurp the power of the Creator, ergo only He can deny mankind these rights.
These were the rights of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. Since Life is a gift from God our creator, it is mandatory we respect and honor that right in every form. No man has the authority to deny Life to another, this was the first of the Rights our founders declared.
The right of Liberty as granted to us by our Father in heaven is defined as freedom. That's a broad statement, but then freedom is a broad right. No man has the power to deny another his Liberty; his right to choose. Mankind was created with options, we have the right to choose and maintain ownership for those decisions.
And then they declared the right to pursue Happiness! Once again a broad statement, but by definition liberty has no boundaries. When God created man he gave us dominion over all the earth, but not each other. I'll quote...
"Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth."- Genesis 1:26
This is how this great nation was defined by the men who envisioned a never before tried experiment in liberty. They went on to create a government of the people, for the people, and by the people. This is what we celebrate on this day; the memory of that bold proclamation! Protect those rights as defined by those brave men. They were gifts from God! Happy Birthday America!