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The Declaration of Independence: America’s Essential Document

Declaration of Independence
We limited government constitutional conservatives make adherence to the Constitution, and its perceived limits on the power of the State, our political credo – and the test of whether or not candidates merit our support, and public policy and legislation are legitimate exercises of the powers of government.

However, as we saw this past week, the Constitution is a document open to the interpretation of nine Justices of the United States Supreme Court, who as public and political figures, are fallible and subject to the pressures, passions, opinions and whims that afflict all mortals.

The Supreme Court can, and often does, inject meaning into the Constitution that would astonish the Framers of that document.

But what about the Declaration of Independence?

The Declaration is not a body of law, but a statement of belief, and as such has not been subject to the revisionism and political manipulation that have afflicted the interpretation of the Constitution.

As a statement of belief it remains the unchanged credo underlying the Constitution and indeed the entire character of American civilization.

It is from the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution, that we Americans take the notion that each individual is “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights” and that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

And perhaps most importantly, 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.”

It is safe to say that no other nation recognizes in its foundational document the right of rebellion and the right of the people to alter or abolish their government if it becomes destructive to the “unalienable Rights” of the people. 

Thus, it is from that statement in the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution, that we Americans derive our revolutionary spirit, and upon which American exceptionalism rests.

Today, more than at any time since the Civil War, Americans are asking that fundamental question addressed by the Declaration of Independence: “Has our present form of government become destructive to ‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness’ and is it time to alter it?”

Our revolutionary forefathers fought for more or less seven years to effectuate the Declaration of Independence. To alter or abolish the vast bureaucracy of today’s secular welfare state we do not need to undertake such a dramatic revolution. 

What we need to do today is to review the bill of particulars in the Declaration of independence, ask ourselves how many could be applied to day’s secular welfare state, and then rally our family, friends and neighbors to nominate and elect candidates who will campaign with our ancestors’ revolutionary fervor to defend our rights against an overweening and arrogant government.

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