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Some Words of Wisdom From Our Forefathers

02/04/2013 01:33PM ● Published by Aimee Cormier

One of my co-workers called my attention recently to some of the wording used by our country’s founders in the Declaration of Independence. Read the part below that caught her attention.

“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…”

Let’s stop and think for a minute about our “unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” It seems that our present government deserves failing grades in each of these three categories.

What is happening to our right to Life? The government has stated that abortions are legal; and under the new Obama care law, it’s widely held that panels may determine the ultimate life or death health care decisions for the elderly.

Our Liberty is being challenged with every new law instituted by our government on the local, state, and national level. Stop and think how many different rules and regulations must be met by every business today. Many small business owners complain that compliance with all this government regulation is putting them out of business.

With more and more of our personal freedoms being reduced, the Pursuit of Happiness seems to be a goal that is quietly slipping away from the multitudes.

Reading down a little further in the section from the Declaration of Independence cited above, our forefathers wrote, “…whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…”

Hmmm. What would these same people have to say about our present government and the dilemma we find our country facing today? It’s not hard to imagine that these folks may have organized another revolution. Or, they would have at least become quite vocal and insistent on altering the system. But the populace of the United States today is more ambivalent about our current status. Perhaps as many as 50 percent aren’t even interested in knowing what government is doing and at what cost to our present and future generations.

How can we rekindle the fervor in our people to expect and demand nothing less than to believe “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”?

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“May the Lord give might to his people; may the Lord bless his people with peace!” Psalms29:11

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