Anyone take time to read the Declaration of Independence lately? It starts:
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 to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it.
Thanks toService Academy Graduates Against the War, for reminding us that it is not always the military chomping at the bit to “kill somebody”. It is too clear that the corporate dollar squeezes the blood out of the citizens of this planet to increase its bottom line. Those CEO perks are so very expensive, of course someone must pay.
I share a grateful message I sent to SAGAW:
I enjoy reading your enlightened observations into this country’s foundations and recognizing the core principles that created what we call the United States of America. It saddens me that so few take the time to research and understand this document. We take for granted what other countries call privileges, we call “inalienable rights“. I see a decline in what this country is supposed to stand for. Your page resurrects hope that recovery from today’s insanity is possible. We face a long and treacherous road to recovery. Your members represent an educated leadership that has not sold out. I encourage your participation in guiding this country out of a political fog and back into sunlight.
America was here before anyone thought to invade it, or name it.
America, the country, came to be from a need and an idea.
Depending on which part of Europe you came from, you needed to be away from Europe to find a better opportunity, work off your debts or just run away from real or perceived oppressions. Once everyone got here, each colony set up a form of local government according to the company or country that sent (or invested in) them.
After a while, colonies decided they would be better off governing themselves … that was risky because, they were bound by trade contracts with their investor companies and countries.
The need: a way to survive without being bound to an overlord.
The idea: how to unite all the colonies, and design a government to accommodate everyone and provide safety too.
Voila! The colonies organized as best they could and went about challenging their investors for the right to self governance. There was a Declaration Of Independence. There was war. There was diplomacy and negotiation. The string was cut and the baby country was born.
Then, thinkers got together and constructed a Constitution of LAWS to guide and nurture the growth of a fledgling nation into a mature country.
Preamble to the US Constitution: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.