Sunday, July 4, 2010

God Bless America

Our country's independence was established on this date in 1776. We all would benefit from reading the contents of that beautiful document that declared this independence.

Here is the preamble, which includes the ideas and ideals that were principles of the Declaration. It is also an assertion of what is known as the "right of revolution" that is, people have certain rights, and when a government violates these rights, the people have the right to "alter or abolish" that government.
"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. 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."
Think about those words. Our founding fathers chose them carefully. We must respect them. It is not a "living document." Rather, it was meant to be used as written. Our leaders must follow it to the letter.

If our leaders don't do that, we the people have the right -- and, I might say duty -- to act.

By the way, if the words "we the people" in the link above are unfamiliar to you, benefit could be gained by reading and pondering deeply that other beautiful document from which they came, the United States Constitution.

This is a verse from the Bible that fits very well in our troubled land:
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Good advice.

May God continue to bless this nation.


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