Independence Day Thoughts

We’re all familiar with this part of the Declaration of Independence:

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.

But do you know what it says next?

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —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, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. (emphasis mine)

Something to keep in mind come Election Day, you think?

As we Americans celebrate our independence tomorrow – responsibly, of course, with social distancing, face masks, etc. – let’s remind ourselves of our right to institute new government when the present one is a threat to our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which most of us, I think, can agree is very much the case.

Happy Independence Day, y’all. Be safe.

3 thoughts on “Independence Day Thoughts

  1. Many police forces in our country have recruited those bullies who wanted to be Warriors rather than caring people who wanted to be Guardians, We need to stop hiring (and electing) bullies … but. that’s not enough. George Floyd was murdered because he may have passed a counterfeit $20 bill. Elijah McCain was murdered for wearing a face mask while walking home. Both of them and many others were accosted and killed because SOMEBODY CALLED THE POLICE BECAUSE THEY WERE SUSPICIOUS OF A DARK-SKINNED MAN. Those people are just as much to blame for the final result as the Warriors who killed George and Elijah. So was the woman who called the police on a bird watcher (who did not die, but might have). Any time we judge others on the color of their skin … or their religion … or their sexual preference or identity… or their poverty … or their place of birth … or their gender …or other irrelevancies, we are just as much to blame for the deaths of George Floyd, Elijah McCain, WE HAVE TO STOP! 😥

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