On this great day, Independence Day, the Fourth of July 2012 I look back 237 years ago and praise God for those great men who changed the course of the world; those men who understood that the dignity of mankind wasn’t determined by mankind but by God almighty. They appreciated that humanity was given a divine spark that was the true ‘value’ of each of us. They confidently proclaimed this with words that shook the world:
“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.”(Declaration of Independence)
And as I sit and look at what is happening in this great country today I am both sadden and steeled in my resolve. It saddens me that our leaders have thrown away this great ideal. They have allowed greed and political games-man-ship to color their ideologies to the point where this great democratic experiment is now in danger of devolving to the rule by the powerful. It saddens me that my fellow citizens have allowed this to happen, we have become fatted lambs that just want to be led by the nose to happiness and have forgotten that these truths are something that need to worked for and defended.
But my resolve has been steeled by the response of many in this country to the current erosion of our rights. Our bishops along with other religious and secular leaders have said enough is enough. They have announced to this sleeping population that our founding fathers had well thought out reasons for the protections they gave us. The next line in the Declaration of Independence is: “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” The government doesn’t lead us because they are the government; we give them the responsibility to lead us! No matter what they want to do – it is by our will that they are allowed to do it.
In these days of attacks on the Bill of Rights we owe it to those who wrote it and brought it to life to protect these cherished unalienable rights that they fought a revolution for. May God almighty, the author of these unalienable rights that our founding fathers announced to world, protect us and strengthen our resolve to protect this great democratic experiment – the United States of America!