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Monday, February 4, 2013

Constitution Day!

From www.ushistory.org:

"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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed"

It cannot be the truth if it is not self-evident.  Something that is false just feels wrong.  To me, it is like a scam artist.  They tell you, if you invest $100 with me, you will be guaranteed a $500 return.  The truth is not in that statement and is feels wrong - even though you would *like* it to be true.

All men are created equal - We are God's workmanship (Eph 2:10) and He has created each and every individual in the universe.  There is no mistakes with the God of the universe.  We are different sizes, sexes, male, female, black, white, brown, and yellow.  This is part of the beautiful tapestry that God has made.  I am a huge knitter.  I can tell you that if I only had one color of yarn, I would be so bored.  Why do we think that God is different.  God gives each of us gifts and we all have the same ability to be His hands and feet.

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness are the three things that God has provided each of us with.  Life is the beginning when God breathed life into Adam.  It is against the Ten Commandments to take another person's life.  Happiness cannot be pursued without the opportunity that liberty to do things that bring us joy.

It is critical to note that government derives its power from the consent of the governed.  The founding fathers wanted to give future generations the ability to alter or abolish the guiding principals.  But in today's wording is the warning to be thoughtful about changes.  There is thousands of years of history that has been written.  This is a collective of wisdom.  It also allows people to see examples of regulations that are harmful.