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The 240th Anniversary of The Declaration of Independence

Posted in Declaration of Independence, Liberty, Politics, Religious Freedom, The Fourth of July, Unalienable Rights with tags , , , , on July 4, 2016 by authorcarloscardoso

Thomas JeffersonIn 1776 we loudly and boldly declared to the world that in the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness we were leaving the world’s most powerful empire. This action was eloquently expressed by Thomas Jefferson and signed by the members of the Continental Congress. We declared that all men were created equal with certain unalienable rights and when a government ran counter to our pursuit of these rights we claimed the power to dissolve the bonds that connect us. As we approach the 240th anniversary of this momentous event in the history of all Mankind we must take the time to not only reflect on the courage it took to defy the world’s greatest power with firm reliance on Divine Providence to assist us in this quest but the nature of our unalienable rights.

Rights are the foundation of Liberty which leads to the expansion of freedom. Rights as we’ve stated before come from our Creator and therefore are ours to exercise as we choose. Our rights most importantly due to their Divine nature cannot be taken away from us by any government or individual. Rights are much more than just the few Liberties listed in the Bill of Rights in the constitution. The constitution gave a few enumerated powers to the federal government and the rest of the powers were left to the Sovereign States and Individuals. Unfortunately the government has not been bound by the constitution and has grown beyond its powers and has limited our Liberties.

We have the right to free speech, freedom of religion and assembly. We have the right to keep and bear arms without infringement. The right to bear arms is to defend ourselves, our friends and our property but most importantly our right and Liberty against a government that grows tyrannical. Anyone who says that this is outdated or not the intention of the Second Amendment needs to heed the words of Thomas Jefferson. “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” We have the right to privacy in our persons, papers, effects and property. The list of our rights is too long to list because we basically have the right to do anything we want as long as we don’t infringe on the rights of others.

Liberty is self governance, claiming the ability to do as we wish as sovereign individuals with equal rights given to us by our Creator. Basically stating that we claim the right to the Creator’s gift of free will, enabling us to choose how we chose to live. This is the essence and the source of our rights. Liberty then comes with the responsibility that we can do as we wish as long as our actions do not conflict with the liberty of another. It also comes with the responsibility to allow others to choose different paths in their pursuit of happiness even if it contradicts our beliefs. Liberty allows us to choose for ourselves but also makes us responsible to respect the same freedom of choice to our fellow men. Judgment of right or wrong is not our place in this world but is instead left to our Creator to ultimately judge our actions.

Liberty also has one other very important component. We are responsible for the consequences of our actions and or inactions. We are equally free to pursue happiness but are responsible for the outcome. We came into the world with nothing and need to understand that the world owes us nothing. It is up to us to be responsible for making the most of our God given talents, work hard to achieve and earn the life we can. We may be rich, have enough to be considered middle class or be poor, but wherever we end up is up to us and our Creator’s will. Just remember that by embracing our rights we are empowered to directly affect the outcome of our lives and those of our families. The flame of Liberty that has directly led to the miraculous improvement of the Human condition across the world and to the incredible advancements in science, medicine and technology over the past 240 years is remarkable compared to the slow expansion of improvements over the whole history of Mankind.

It is an indisputable testament to the power that is unleashed when Liberty is allowed to flourish. Consider the acceleration of Human evolution if everyone in the world could be freed, able to understand, embrace and practice Liberty. If all of Mankind rose as one and said we will exercise our unalienable rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. What would happen if all of Mankind embraced the responsibility of Liberty? What an incredible world we would be living in if everyone understood our unalienable rights and practiced responsible Liberty. That is the true possibility expressed in The Declaration of Independence, the unleashing of the Human spirit to its fullest potential.