The fourth of July, the time we celebrate Independence Day with barbecues, fireworks, and family gatherings. It was in Philadelphia, on July 4th, 1776, Congress approved the final text of the Declaration of Independence, mostly composed by Thomas Jefferson, and actually was not signed until August 2, 1776.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” – Preamble to the Constitution of the United States.
“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,”-exert from The Declaration of Independence.
For anyone who truly wants to examine the motivations and mindsets of our Founding Fathers, I believe that these two passages are the best pieces of written evidence we have as to what they believed the role of government should be. Nowhere, in any of these two passages, do we find language that would lead us to believe they intended any branch of government to make laws involving activities in the bedroom. In fact, to the contrary, they write about “Liberty” and “Pursuit of Happiness.” Throughout both documents, there is ample evidence that each person should be free to make their own choices when it comes to his or her own body. In fact, I challenge you to find any words written by the original architects that either explicitly or implicitly state that a woman does not have complete control of her body. The architects of our democracy write often about domestic tranquility, personal freedom, pursuit of happiness and general welfare. To assume that “Life” means the protection of an unborn fetus is to discount the multiple times the framers wrote about personal freedoms.
Our government has lost its way. It has forgotten its original mandate which is to ensure that every person has the right to “Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness.” I believe Jefferson, Madison, Jay and other framers of The Constitution, would be appalled to see how their original document has been bastardized, misinterpreted and left stale. They never intended to create a government that could reach into the bedroom, the body of a woman, or used to keep people from voting. Jefferson would point out, one of the most important phrases from The Declaration of Independence. The one that talks about a government deriving their power from the consent of the people. Our government has forgotten this aspect of a liberal democratic government. If they do not remember this, Jefferson also wrote that tyrannical governments should be overturned by the people.
“What country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?” – Thomas Jefferson
To learn more about the Declaration of Independence, we recommend visiting this website:
Fascinating Facts about the Declaration of Independence
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