There is a definite, unique, American belief that translates into specific principles for the establishment and workings of our government. It can be found in the Declaration of Independence.

James Wilson was one of six men who signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Addressing the Pennsylvania Ratifying Convention for the new constitution, Wilson read the Declaration of Independence and then he stated: “This [Declaration] is the broad basis on which our independence [from authoritarian rule] was placed; on the same certain and solid foundation this [the Constitution of the United States] system is erected.”

This begins a discussion of immortal principles central to liberty and American greatness as found in the Declaration of Independence. Compromise of any of the following principles leads to harmful consequences.

American Principle One: The God Given Spiritual Nature of Man is Supreme

“. . . all men are created . . . endowed by their Creator . . .” Declaration of Independence

This is the First Principle upon which all other principles are subordinate. Foundational to liberty and the American approach to government is the fact that man is of divine origin. His spiritual or God-honoring religious nature is held as being of supreme importance. The divine quality of these rights calls for the unequivocal rejection of authoritarian entitlements claimed by elitists of all stripes. This principle enshrines limits that must, for the sake of liberty, be placed upon the use of the law and government power.

American Principle Two: God Alone, Not Government, is the Source of Man’s Unalienable Rights

“. . . all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Declaration of Independence

Education that does not emphasize man’s unalienable rights are the gift of God is powering the enemies of the family, self-rule, prosperity and freedom. Man possesses them solely by reason of endowment by his Creator. Unless considered to be of Divine origin, these rights cannot properly be classified as being unalienable. They are then subject to being considered as mere conditional privileges granted by government. In such case, there can be no moral or Constitutional basis for objecting to their violation, by government or by others.

When the crisis caused by the king’s Stamp Act, John Adams wrote the Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, August 12, 1765, published in the Boston Gazette. Adams pointed out that man’s rights were not man’s creation or something radically new to the world. “Liberty is derived from our Maker, rights indisputable, unalienable, inherent, essential, divine, and even acknowledged since the Middle Ages by British law.”

~ D. Norris