In July of 1776 Thomas Jefferson was asked to pen a declaration, stating the reasons the 13 colonies were seeking independence from England. The resulting document is probably the greatest ever written regarding the origin of the rights of man and should be required reading for all Americans.
However, I wonder, if Jefferson were alive today, whether he could, in clear conscience, write the same stirring words. Or would he write the following?
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to surrender their God-given rights which have been the foundation of their existence since emerging as a new nation, 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 do so.
At one time, we the people of these States united, held 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.
However, times, and people change; the situations in which society now finds itself require that government assume the role of giver, and taker, of rights, so as to ensure the overall safety, happiness, and general welfare of the people.
This nation faces threats from, not only the four corners of the globe, but from our own self destructive actions; and since the people are no longer concerned about our individual liberty and rights it is only logical that government assume its place as our protector.
People need no longer worry about things, government will provide them with around the clock entertainment while it shoulders the burden for their safety and well being. We also realize that since government is comprised of men, that it is also capable of error, therefore we will no longer seek redress from it, nor attempt to influence the representatives who are only trying to do what they think is best for the people.
Such is the decision of these 50 states; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to forsake their freedom for servitude. To defend this decision, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
-The people are no longer capable, or willing, of making educated decisions regarding our own health, welfare, and financial responsibility.
-The people are no longer willing to defend their lives, family, or property from attack by criminal elements in society.
-The people are so terrified of terrorism that they will allow the various government agencies to search their personal information, invade their privacy, while submitting themselves to all manner of indignity in return for a small measure of security.
-The people have forsaken a practical education which would prepare them to be civic minded and productive citizens, instead allowing their minds to be filled with politically correct ideals and views geared towards a global society.
-The people have determined that the needs of society outweigh the needs of the individual and therefore are willing to sacrifice their time and their wealth to benefit society in general.
-The people have forsaken national pride and sovereignty and replaced it with the belief that our country is open to all who deserve a better life.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these States united, and of Right cease be Free and Independent States, that they are hereby bound as servants to the government, and that all inherent and unalienable rights are hereby forfeited — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we meekly surrender our self respect and dignity.