hen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and 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, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed—
Thus begins our country’s Declaration of Independence. This amazing and unique document points back to natural law and to the divine source of that natural law for its authority. Nature reveals evidence of a Creator as well as rules which can be discovered which underlie the governing of the universe.
The case about to be made for dissolution of the tie between the colonies and England is made on the basis of truths we can consider obvious and “self-evident” but which are still a Hallelujah Chorus resounding throughout the universe–that “all men are created equal” and all are “endowed with certain unalienable Rights, among which are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
What a jaw-dropping claim! We have a Maker, who has made a rational universe in which we have equal rights and freedoms. Governments were instituted to guard these rights and freedoms and this particular government about to be birthed would put the decisions regarding the protection of those rights into the hands of “the governed” themselves.
When written, there was no document in history like it, no government like our government, no nation like our nation. The United States of America has set the standard as the most enlightened, most civilized form of government on earth for over 200 years. It is a nation of law and designated authority, not mocking, disrespect of authority and barbarism. Opportunity has been made for the disgruntled to seek justice in courts and for those dissatisfied with its leaders to speak and write out their discontent and then vote their conscience.
There is no reason for sane people with a just grievance to violently overthrow a government which gives its citizens the right, merely by waiting until the next election, to vote out leaders they disagree with and vote in leaders they prefer.