We Hold These Truths….

You know how some things you learned in grade school just stay with you for life?  Phrases and the like, like this one: 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. —Declaration of Independence

I started reading the Declaration tonight…and here’s the part that didn’t stick with me all these years. Some things really stand out to me. Continuing…”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 abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organising 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 invariaby 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.  Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity that constrains them to alter their former systems of government.  The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having, in direct object, the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these States.  To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.”–Declaration of Independence

And then it goes on and lists the many grievances against the King of Britain.

Wow.  I wonder what these guys would say if they saw the way our Congress is spending the tax money of our children and grandchildren and probably, our great grandchildren.  I call that “usurpation”.


3 thoughts on “We Hold These Truths….

  1. Your thoughts are somewhat nuanced for a British reader.
    As I have 2 children [whose father was American] living now in the States , I do pick up some of the zeitgeist however.
    I perceive that the American ethos is very family based, probably even more on the Republican side.
    Over here we accept the use of some of our taxes to support those who have “fallen thru the net” related or not.
    I guess there is the thought that our offspring develop more maturity if they have to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, & also support those who have no shoes………….
    Taxes should be levied according to peoples ability to pay, there is a problem here at the mo with people on a very low wage still paying tax, but I think we have accepted that everyone should share the responsibility of running the country or they become an isolated under class.

  2. Hello chillsider, and thanks for weighing in. We have been a nation that believes in hard work and that work is what gives us purpose and provision. My grandparents worked hard all their lives and never accepted charity from anyone that I am aware of. I suppose there was some government help because my grandfather was a farmer and there were subsidies started in the 30’s. However, I do believe there is a growing mindset in our country that government is the answer to all of our problems. We have myriads of charitable organizations and churches that help the poor, which I agree is necessary. And families help each other. But there are groups who seem to have no mind to help themselves and take advantage of the system. My comment about “usurpation” was concerning the current financial bailout of what seems like everyone with a hand out. How much debt can a country sustain? If I just break it down to my own circumstances, if my husband and I would charge and borrow and live above our current means, we would go bankrupt. I think our nation as a whole has been living on much debt, as well as our government. There is so much corruption in the government, consequently, there is great loss of tax dollars. I don’t believe they can be trusted. And when trust is lost, I do not believe in giving more. Does an alcoholic change his ways if you give him more to drink?

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