BY JORGE BONILLATwo hundred and thirty-seven years ago, the Founding Fathers gathered in Philadelphia and changed the arc of History. Over the course of this week, we will gather in backyards, parks, plazas, block parties and at monuments all across America. We will wave flags, consume a vast assortment of barbecued meat products, and enjoy impressive fireworks displays…all in celebration of our hard-fought freedom from tyranny. But will we truly take the time to reflect on our freedoms, and on the essence of our Founding?
Much of the focus will be, as usual, on the Declaration’s most celebrated and oft-quoted words:
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 current events compel us to reflect on a less-quoted self-evident truth, which comes immediately thereafter:
Ronald Reagan once called this principle “the newest and most unique idea in all the long history of Man’s relation to Man“. This stated idea, that our rights are not something given to us by a king or ruler but something we are born with, is what makes America unique and exceptional among the nations of the Earth.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
However, we’ve strayed from the guidelines of our Founding. Over the course of the last 237 years, we’ve gone from George the Third to Barack the First. We now live in a country where the government seizes our communications data without a warrant, where the State sees fit to compel employers to provide mandated healthcare coverage that directly contravenes their individual faith, where parents are quickly losing the power to oversee the education of their children, and where rogue government agencies are free to suppress dissent via the power to tax. We’ve abandoned the guiding principle that ” All men are created equal” for the soothing modern precept of equality via redistributive justice.
This Independence Day, let us take to the task of restoring America’s promise. Let us remember the spirit of our founding, and reconcile ourselves with the exceptional America foreseen by our Founding Fathers. Let us, once again, cleave to the timeless self-evident truths of our founding documents. In so doing, we will have taken meaningful steps to avert catastrophe, and leave behind a better America for subsequent generations.
God bless the United States of America.
Jorge Bonilla is a Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress in Florida’s 9th Congressional District.
Share and “Like” the story below. Leave us a comment