July 4, 2018
“In the end, we are all celebrating the same thing.” – so says the Editorial piece in today’s Sun-News. Yes, July 4th is a date that we Americans celebrate with great reverence. Why? We are deeply indebted to the signers of the Declaration of Independence for the product of their “free will.” Their choice and subsequent actions produced the freest Country the world had ever experienced. It inspired the world, and created a magnet drawing many to its shores. Folks, who through faith and hard work, realized their dreams. Yes, their experiment in “Self-Government” has proven to be a boon for mankind.
It is saddening, then, when some attempt to disparage our legacy. Having a difference of opinion and subsequent “rigorous debate” is one thing, but using “yellow journalism” to mislead/misrepresent the thread that does connect us as a People is truly disheartening. Choosing to display the “Cartoonist’s Take” is one example. The artist/author took a major tenant of Our Document and defaced it. This person’s “free will” produced a pictorial image of “a thousand words” that dishonored those who, 242 years ago, made unselfish sacrifices; their love for and understanding of freedom has provided a foundation of government envied throughout the world. The desecration of our landmarks continues. The Good Book speaks of the danger of such acts.
Permit me to present the entirety of The Signers’ topic sentence in their second paragraph: “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. Permit me to also present the last sentence summarizing The Document, just before John Hancock’s bold signature, “And for the support of this Declaration, and with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, or Fortune, and our sacred Honor. Yes, the Signers were men. They had their failings, as we All do. But, they deserve respect for their visionary efforts at transforming a world from tyrannical political forms of governing to one founded on Self-Government by We the People. Let the truth be told. A framework of laws with enumerated powers had been written to guide the fledging Republic. And as Dr. Benjamin Franklin said, responding to a disgruntled colonist after War’s end “The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it for yourself.”