“We hold these truths to be self-evident…”
The opening words of a document that changed the world and propelled a nation to greatness. There have been good times, and many bad, yet the republic still remains.
The founding principles on which the United States became free from the shackles of British imperialism are still incredibly relevant in the modern era.
The insistence that men are created equal, and command rights and privileges that cannot be denied by any monarch or government. The right of the common man to deny the elite monstrous, unbridled power and crucially, the right to pursue a life unhindered by the shackles of antiquated systems of belief and allegiance.
The words of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin et al. still remain relevant in 2017 and ring poignant in the hearts of all people, American or otherwise. It is a masterpiece, a wonder of human intellect and yet the principles laid out are ones we often ignore when dealing with times of crisis or political turmoil.
In an age where governments and political movements become increasingly belligerent toward those of another mindset, another nationality or another religion, we would do well to remember that all men are in fact created equal.
All too often in US political discussion we hear comments on the ‘American Dream’, constitutional rights and the near idolisation of the founding fathers. If these things are so important, then why are they so regularly ignored?
Are they used merely as a tool for political point scoring, or is there a genuine deep belief in the American way of things?
When administrations deny entry to the United States for people escaping the same torments and abuses that the forefathers of the American nation experienced in Europe, does that signal strength and security, or an ignorance toward the founding principles of said nation?
When powerful elites – in a similar fashion to the aristocratic British elites of the 18th century – horde wealth and deny the common man basic healthcare, adequate pay and the right to follow their own path in life based on race, sexual orientation or religion, does that also signal an ignorance?
When a nation in a position of immense power and influence mindlessly flexes its might for the sake of maintaining geopolitical control, or the control of resources, does that not make it the same as its past oppressor?
Americans, and the world at large would do well to remember the origins of this masterpiece. The ideals of liberty and self-determination, of a life free from the abuses of power and focused firmly on an inclusive society.
With political turmoil, an administration hellbent on the delegitimisation of a free press and free reign for the financial and political elites of the land, has America lost its way?
Absolutely not. It is a mere bump in the road, a blemish. One that will pass if people do remember the roots of their existence and that of their nation.
Here follows a small excerpt and a brief glimpse at a document that changed the world.
Happy Fourth of July.
“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.”