The Declaration of Independence

The first paragraph after the Preamble is undoubtedly the most well known and often quoted section of 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;…”. A careful reading of the above statement will reveal that these rights apply to ALL men, not just those of a certain race. Over two hundred years later, it’s time this holds true for All people.

From the Heritage Foundation

http://www.heritage.org/initiatives/first-principles/primary-sources/the-declaration-of-independence

The Unanimous Declaration of the
Thirteen United States of America

In Congress, July 4, 1776

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 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

 

 

One thought on “The Declaration of Independence”

  1. The Oxford Dictionary defines equality as:
    NOUN

    1 The state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities: an organization aiming to promote racial equality
    ————————————————————-

    If the primary concerns of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was the recognition “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”, and if that has been the object of the struggles for all of these years since Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation delivered January 1, 1863, what is the current goal? As I walk the streets and shops of a very large metropolitan area, I seen things that I could not imagine in the 1950’s and 60’s when I could see with my own eyes signs on water fountains and restrooms designated for Whites and Colored. I see that we have come a long way. When I see violent protests and riots in the name of race, I see a war that is destroying all of the good that has been done. Does anyone really believe that they are going to improve race relations by destroying property, looting and even killing others? Demonstrate growing frustration? Certainly! Creating any chance of a conversation to make things better? Never in another hundred years. The only way to improve our lot is to have a face to face meaningful conversation to talk about our differences and similarities along with our mutual goals and how to reach them together. Who is ready to talk?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *