Thomas Sowell suggests “the best birthday present for America” is a fighting spirit to preserve the wonderful legacy of freedom bequeathed to us by the Founding Fathers.
Consider America’s founding principle, contained in the Declaration of Independence:
“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.”
They knew back then what many today have forgotten: that we are all equal in the eyes of God and that it is through His benevolence that we are endowed – as His created children – with unalienable rights that have been granted to us by Him, not by government.
Government of the People
The Founders recognized …
“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
The purpose of government is not to give rights, but to secure them. The government is meant to serve the people, not the other way around.
The Declaration concludes with a commitment by the Founders:
“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”
Each of the signers of the Declaration of Independence literally put their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor on the line. Put their names to that document placed them in jeopardy of execution by the British Crown. (Honor meant something back then.)
The Founders were literally willing to sacrifice everything for liberty and for the vision of a free nation, in Lincoln’s words, “conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
JFK asked us to ask what we can do for our country. Half-a-century later, in our materialistic, me-first, secular-inclined culture, it is good for us to ask, “What have I sacrificed for America?”