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, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
For various reasons having nothing to do with this post, I keep coming back to the phrase “an antidote to sin.”
Well, I don’t know about sin, but if killing vast numbers of your citizens in batch lots, like Nazis and Communists did, or through privation, economic destruction (or economic distortion) and repression as socialists did and do (poor Venezuela is the most extreme example but any government that considers it their business to determine what’s “death with dignity” and values it over life is doing the same, just slower, with softer gloves and more pretty words) isn’t a sin, then the Almighty and I need to have a word or fifty.
And as I was thinking of the sad state of the people of Europe who don’t even realize they are objects, owned by the government, serving at the will of the government, and destroyed just as easily, or that the hand that mollycoddles them can (and often does) snuff them out, I realized our founding documents are a remedy to that particularly horrendous sin.
We can’t, at least if we take them seriously — the left here doesn’t, of course, but enough of us still do. And yes, Woodrow Wilson and FDR, but they also thought they were above the intents of the founders — fall into the sins of Nazi Germany or the many communist abattoirs of the the 20th century.
If government derives its power from the governed, and if the people you want to destroy are part of the governed — if not, then why are they subjected to your law? — you can’t do it, because you don’t have the right to destroy those from whom your rights come.
Yes, I know, it is normal for tyrants to declare you a foreign invader before they destroy you. This is done either for racial reasons — Nazis — or ideological reasons — the many who died under Stalin and in this country the amazing number of people who have tried to declare anyone who disagrees with them a foreign agent, either “Fascist” or “Russian.” (Aren’t they the ones who admire Russia?) or Racissssexisssshomophobic and therefore not a real person — but it’s usually done before the batch killing begins.
BUT even then the declaration of independence is an antidote. You can’t kill people who aren’t your subjects, but the people from whom your power derives. Not unless you can prove they are not citizens, not of the body. Yes, sure, governments do that, and we should be aware of that, but it’s at least a hurdle for them to get over, not simply “we’ve determined you’re better off dead.”
Unlike what our leftists believe, you don’t belong to the government. The government belongs to you. You’re not a subject nor a slave. You’re the owner of the joint.
They can think that you’re inconvenient, that your life has no purpose — 22 years ago, doctors tried to convince me to have a procedure that would almost certainly kill me, because I was useless, as a housewife with two small kids, and my life did no good, and I was a burden to my family. It’s not like I even had a job — or that they’re saving you from a fate worse than death, in having to live with a disability or a health problem, but the evaluation is not THEIRS to make. They can think whatever they want, but your life is none of their playthings.
We are endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Not the government’s to give. Not the government’s to take away. The government can take a flying leap, and all its supposedly pure-hearted busybodies with it.
A citizen, not a subject.
An antidote to sin. And killing vast numbers of people, or destroying them, or making it impossible for them to live is a customary sin of government.
But we need to know those words, and understand them, because they ARE the founding documents of THIS land, and against them, the lies of collectivism cannot stand.
Repeat them, learn them, fight for them.
Lest we forget, lest we forget.