Freedom, Relevant or Immaterial?

If most of you are eighteen or above in age, it is probable that it has been at least a half a decade since you have read any part of the Declaration of Independence. Most of the United States population read it in grade school and have not looked at it since. 

The government, the elites, the politicians, your parents, have all been guilty for the downward spiral that our nation is in. Argued to be the most important document ever written, this simple document, penned by Thomas Jefferson and edited by the Second Continental Congress, has now become obsolete. 

It is only spoken of in present, by teachers who are required to at the very minimum to mention it in relation to the founding of this country, or by politicians who use sections of it to try to appeal to the very soul of this nation to achieve an office. In this document, the foundation and the rationale for liberty and justice are defined. 

The message of freedom is publicized, the honor and the duty that were present in those men is embroiled in this 243-year-old, inked parchment. In the present day, especially in America, we must consider this detrimental question: Is freedom relevant or immaterial?

    “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, 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 the separation. 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.” 

This is the part that is quoted and no doubt familiar with most Americans. However, this is only the first part of the famed document. Without attaching the entire declaration to this article, I will summarize the remaining, I strongly encourage you to go read the document in its entirety. 

It lists twenty-seven grievances that the king of England committed against the colonies, and gives very clear, desirable reasons for the separation between the colonies and crown. Furthermore, the declaration states that “ 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 affect 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 shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”  Read that again and take a moment to reflect on those words. 

Those words were not talking about specifically the English Crown, they were talking about any government. They ensured to state that “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes” Meaning that if you particularly don’t like the government you cannot alter or abolish it (Do away with it) for whatever trifle reasons that you have. The reasons must be in accordance with a tyrannical government that seeks to do harm and enslave the population. 

In modern times, Americans have forgotten what freedom is, most have forgotten what constitutes liberty. The effects of educational-indoctrination, laziness, and obesity have destroyed the once greatest nation in the world. We have gotten complacent. 

We have gotten soft. We have not maintained the Republic that the men and women who created this nation fought and died for. The founding fathers did not take the Declaration of Independence lightly. When they signed their names, they fully expected to lose their families, their land, their friends, and even their lives. In short, when they signed their names, they were prepared for and fully expecting that they were signing their own death warrants. 

They were steadfast in their stance for liberty and did not waiver. They remained true to the cause of liberty and gladly took the tyrant’s punishment so that freedom would enshrine itself into a nation. In times such as these present times, where tyranny is abundant, and liberty is fading. We must remember and recall why America was great.

Even though we have a Republican president, the government has still advanced well beyond what the founders endowed it to be. It has enslaved a population into a state that is sleeping or dead. Patriots have been trying for a century to wake up this nation to the peril that it has entered into with no avail. We live in a society where communist principles are taught, a monarchy is discussed as a legitimate avenue to proceed down and freedom is scoffed at. 

In closing, I want to implore you to educate yourself by reading the unabridged, unimplied, original documents that created this nation. Start with the Declaration of Independence, seep the meaning and wisdom that it provides deep into your soul. The founders believed in God, the God of the Bible, and they sought to beseech him in their endeavors.

 Learn why this nation was founded and on what principles we formed a nation. Remember that the closing line of the Declaration of Independence states something that is foreign to us presently, that compels honor at the highest level to follow it through, to obtain our God-given rights; “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”    

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