We Hold These Truths To Be Self Evident…

The Declaration of Independence expresses the ideals necessary to America’s foundation and its separation from Great Britain, “to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them.”

The money sentence in my opinion is the first one in the 2nd paragraph which states:

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 phrase self evident of course means obvious, not needing to be demonstrated or explained. In another words the Founders believed it so obvious that governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed that no demonstration or further explanation was necessary.

They then go on to lay out all the ways which justify a people overthrowing their government 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…”

During the Founders time and for much of America’s history, being skeptical of government power was the norm, as people understood the misery tyranny brings and how important individual liberty was to living a fulfilled and purposeful life.

It’s an understatement to say that today many people not only have no problem with a large, intrusive government, but have very little understanding of what individual liberty means and why it’s so important.

Two posts I read today can help with this. One was Citizen Tom’s, So It Is Independence Day, where he asks,

Why do we need to celibrate such a day? Why do we need to celebrate the beginning of a long, bloody, and arduous war? Don’t we need to remind ourselves of the cost of freedom, of the price that those who went before us paid? Don’t we need to pull our heads out of our day-to-day lives and contemplate what we must do to remain free?

Great questions! Read Tom’s post for the answers.

Another great post comes from insanitybytes22, called Independence Day, where she’s discusses the important differences between independence and inter-dependence. Here’s a teaser:

Where I live in the 9th circuit of hell, which often seems to be a bit like a playground for everyone’s utopian visions, there’s been a push the past few years to change Independence Day to Inter-dependence Day. It’s somewhat amusing, in an area full of rugged individualists, seeking never-ending counter-cultural I-dentities, independence has become a bad word that makes some people uncomfortable. It’s an odd juxtaposition, because the very same freedom and independence that grants people the liberty to pursue their individualism, is being shunned.”

Definitely give this one a full read too, excellent stuff.

For me personally I do think America’s foundational principles are under attack, but this is nothing new, as it’s been this way since the country’s birth. I think the number one threat we face today is from within. Too many people take for granted the freedoms they have and don’t understand at all the importance of individual liberty.

Aside from that, I wish you all a Happy Independence Day with family and friends! For better or worse, we live in an amazing country where the good outweighs the bad.

Stay sane, healthy and free!

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20 Responses to We Hold These Truths To Be Self Evident…

  1. Aldous Huxley says:

    The US of America corporation most assuredly does not operate on any of these principals.

    Our government is a pure pupet show.

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  2. Very well said. I treasure our independence. Blessings.

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  3. Citizen Tom says:

    @Tricia

    Thanks for the link. Thanks for associating my post with Insanitybytes22 fine work. And thanks most of all for adding your own insights.

    One of the arguments that I have heard against that sentence you cited from the Declaration is that our rights are not self-evident. The amazing thing is that people are willing to vote for politicians who don’t believe our rights are self-evident.

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  4. That as awesome, Tricia! Thank you for the link. Let freedom ring and have a happy 4th. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Hope you and your hubby enjoyed your first “married 4th” 🇺🇸🥰
    May we always defend our flag and constitution!!!!

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  6. con says:

    And everyone equal before the last? Covid restriction rules applied with vigour to ordinary folk while the elite imposing the rules ignore them.

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  7. con says:

    Law not last. My spellchecker is stupid.

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  8. Dane Smith says:

    Well this is wrong “the virus is a nasty bug, no question but it affects mainly very old and/or very frail people most seriously.”
    Even so if you don’t want to get the vaccine thats fine by me, it appears that everyone not getting it will eventually die from it is fine because it seems that all the types of people that cause me grief will be wiped out. Thats promises me a free future!

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    • Tricia says:

      Thanks for commenting Dane. I’m curious why you believe the lions share of people dying and/or getting severe Covid isn’t sick, old people. Medical journals around the world state that old age is the #1 risk factor and then obesity. If you have data that shows different, please do share.

      I’d also like to know why you think the choice is get the vax or die. Do you really believe those are the only options? Or am I being naive here in your sincerity?

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