The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence reads: 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.
The founding documents of our nation were crafted upon the foundation of certain principles once held dear by all men who made their way to America. To the wise men who penned the words of the Declaration and the Constitution there were certain principles that were self-evident; requiring neither explanation nor justification. They were simply true.
One of the most basic principles were the unalienable rights endowed to men by their Creator, among which were Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. In view of these unalienable rights the state was never viewed as a benefactor, but as a protector. The Federal Government did not bestow rights upon men, and it was never assigned such powers to do so. The government’s sole responsibility, and it is a lofty one, is to protect its citizens from those who would take away those unalienable rights.
When the state elevates itself from protector to benefactor, those who live beneath its shadow are quickly alienated from those unalienable rights. The patterns from which our founding fathers drew to establish our national government are based upon the Biblical principle of self-government; men free to govern their own lives requiring no nanny state to rule over them. Our government is a creation of the people and as such, derives all of its power from the governed. “Of the people, by the people, and for the people” is not an idle platitude – it is a fundamental principle upon which our government once rested. As such, all who serve in a government position were chosen from among the citizens (of the people), they are appointed by ballot (by the people) and, they serve for the benefit of the citizens (for the people) who appointed them. They certainly were not chosen to impose their particular ideology upon any person or persons, nor were they granted license to enrich themselves nor wallow in their own entitlement.
This concept of government no longer exists in the United States of America.
Life – under the guise of “women’s health care” our government sanctions the senseless murder of some 700,000 of its most innocent citizens every year. Doctors, allegedly under an oath to “do no harm” with regularity shove scissors into the brains of partially born babies before sucking their brains out with a syringe. Organizations like Planned Parenthood preserve those tiny bodies so they can harvest their precious organs for profit, suffering no effective sanctions from our representative government.
Liberty – Our government is no longer a protector of personal liberties endowed by our Creator. Our protector has now become our benefactor, and as such has robbed a free nation of its liberty. Able bodied men sit at home day after day watching for the mailman to deliver a check, an entitlement, to their door. Multi-generational welfare families receive welfare checks, food stamps, free healthcare, educational subsidies, free childcare, never paying income taxes but receiving tax refunds every year…….never realizing that the “entitlements” they so anxiously anticipate have robbed them of personal liberty, personal responsibility, and personal integrity. There has never been a greater voter delivery system than public welfare. There has never been a more voracious leech than that which feeds upon manliness and honor.
Pursuit of Happiness – The great draw of America for generations has been opportunity. Opportunity to work, to make a living, to chart my own course; believing that if I work hard I have the opportunity to achieve anything I set out to achieve. I can pursue happiness. The idea was that our government would protect that opportunity. It would guarantee that no one could take that right away. There was never a promise that government would do it for you – but that no one could impede your pursuit. There is now no place on the planet where the pursuit of happiness is burdened with more regulation than the USA. The pursuit is weighed down with enormous volumes of regulation. Excessive taxation, burdensome regulations, and imposed ideologies have destroyed the entrepreneurial heart of Americans.
Dark days are ahead as the shadow of the state looms larger and larger, no longer the protector of unalienable rights endowed by our creator; now a benevolent benefactor, bestowing and withdrawing rights in a grand exercise in manipulation of the masses, with great subtlety removing backbones and replacing them with EBT cards; no longer governing by the consent of the governed, happy now to instruct the governed as to where to line up for the bread.
“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.” Charles de Montesquieu