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, 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Fifty-six great men gathered together and stood up for the citizenry. Each one knew full well he was about to lose everything he had worked for all of his life. Or, he was about to lay the foundation on which the greatest nation in the world would be built. Oh how I envy those brave souls. Yes they all gambled their fortunes and most either lost their sons or in fact themselves died to give to give us the right to freedom. But they stood up and they were not alone.
I have read the preamble to the Declaration of Independence many times in the past. In school we were supposed to be able to recite it. I would lay odds that today’s schools do not spend very much time learning the words, let alone the meaning of the text.
You may notice I underlined some of the words in the above text. To me these words meant a lot. You may want to underline a few more or maybe a few less.
These men were treasonous, they were breaking the law of the land, and they would all be punished to the maximum. They all signed and witnessed the most important piece of paper in our history as a nation, unafraid. John Hancock, not to be outdone or overlooked signed his name five and a half inches long across the page. Where will we sign when the time comes, who will be the re-founders, what will be our motivation and our goal.
We have a battle in front of us and it begins in the polls. Starting at the local level and reaching all the way to our nations Capitol. Before we lose our rights completely, to assemble and be heard, start speaking out; ask the hard questions of our representatives and DEMAND answers.