First Person: “Declaring Our Independence This Fourth Of July”

By James Nickerson

High Desert Daily

Staff Writer

(Victor Valley)–“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are crated equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”

These are probably the most well known words from the Declaration of Independence.  But how many people truly understand what those words mean.  Or to what those signatures committed the fifty five members of the Continental Congress?

“We”; a group combining as one.  The Congress and, by representation the entire colonies of North America.

“Hold”; to grasp, retain, fix firmly.

“These Truths”; a group of beliefs so firmly bound in fact and logic that they are considered true by all.

“To be self-evident”; requiring no explanation. Obvious to all.
“That all men”; Men, the species, the race of man, and every member of it.   “Are created”; Crafted with knowing intent by an all powerful Deity.   “Equal”; the same, balanced, without difference in the eyes of that Creator.   “And are endowed by their Creator”; given inherently at conception by that same Deity to every member of the race of man.   “With certain inalienable rights”; Rights that can not be taken away by another person or government or relinquished by the possessor.   “That among these”; included within all the inalienable rights given to Man.

“Are Life”; the right to live without fear of death by unjust means.   “Liberty”; to live, love work, rest, earn and retain the fruits of those earnings without unfair interference.

“And the Pursuit of Happiness”;  Not a guarantee, certainty or surety of gaining or keeping happiness, but the right to pursue, through free will and effort, what may bring us happiness.

The United States stands as a shining example to the rest of the world what can be Accomplished by recognizing and respecting these concepts.  A Nation that began as a few thousand settlers with a common goal of living without an oppressive and tyrannical government grew to span an entire continent “from sea to shining sea”. That can produce enough food not only to feed our population but much of the rest of the world.  A Nation that can be counted on to stand by our friends and against the enemies of the inalienable rights of man declared 235 years ago.

On this celebration of our Declaration of Independence, we should also remember and rededicate ourselves to these principles as those men did so long ago.  “And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge our lives, fortunes and sacred home”.   That’s what the Fourth of July means to me.

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