The writers of the Declaration of Independence wrote about benefits that enabled America to become the greatest nation on earth. This rested entirely upon the justification for displacing the rule of man with rule by impartial, God-honoring law. The Declaration provided the philosophical basis for prohibiting actions by government officials that would interfere with citizen sovereignty under God.
The people who vote in secret and choose like-minded representatives determine the consensus for government action. Adherence to “self-evident” truths that men are “endowed by their Creator” with “certain unalienable Rights” unleashed citizen creativity and independence from the tyranny and trickery of authoritarians in and out of government. The Declaration explained in plain English how freedom-loving people respond to the tyranny of big government collectivism. This is Liberty.
What do we mean by LIBERTY? We do not need new principles to solve our problems. We need America; meaning, we need to advance again and apply the civic values of the American Judeo-Christian heritage. The Preamble (purpose) for the Constitution reads to “… secure the BLESSINGS of LIBERTY to ourselves and our posterity…” If we do not succeed in alerting our young people, our friends and others, to what the enemies of American liberty are accomplishing, there will no longer be the kind of liberty that inspires the “BLESSINGS of LIBERTY for our posterity [descendants].” The purpose of the Constitution includes “… establish justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare…” (meaning common needs that do not conflict with or hamper the development of the work ethic and citizen self-reliance). If we do not succeed in alerting others, ill-advised politicians will, at the expense of taxpayers, justify benefits for voters from birth to grave.
Rev. Charles Finney is quoted as saying, “The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics… Politics are a part of religion in a country such as this and Christians must do their duty to their country as a part of their duty to God… God will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics.”
Citizen control essential for limited government depends not upon the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, but on the will of the people to uphold these Charters. It is vital that our young people, soon to be voting citizens, must know the history of tyranny associated with lying Genesis 3:4-5 politicians. Because of this, we support candidates for office based upon meaningful and telling experience, not by what they promise.
~ D. Norris