How's the homework going? Have you memorized that passage from the Declaration? If not, keep working on it. It will prove invaluable to have those words at the ready when talking to folks about freedom. In this installment I'm going to begin to give this layman's understanding of America's founding principles.
Today's principle is found in the phrase, "We hold these truths to be self-evident". (If you think about it, this phrase might be used as a definition for the word "principle").
As I pointed out last time, the acceptance of principles and the idea that they even exist, is not a given in today's world. So, the first argument from the Declaration that I would make is that this phrase shows that the Founders believed in principles and they based our country on them.
When it says, "we hold" it simply means this is what they believed/knew to be true. When it refers to "self-evident" truths, it is saying that it is obvious from the real world that these things are so. They are not saying they created them, but that they recognized and acknowledged them.
Points to be made:
- Principles exist and America was built on principles, i.e., "self-evident truths".
- The problem today is that we have strayed from our founding principles.
- This amounts to jacking the house up off its firm foundation and setting it on the sand.
- Collapse is the inevitable outcome of doing so.
- The only remedy is to return to our principles.
- We The People are the only ones who can do this.
- We can begin to set things right at the ballot box in November.
- This election may very well be our last chance to do so.
Richard Cochran, President
Macon County Patriots
August 7, 2012
PS: Don't forget to vote today in the primary election. RC
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