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Liberty2016

By Dahni
© 2016, all rights reserved

 

Are You Happy Now?

In the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Lost is the life,
Gone is the free

Lost is the strength and her purity
Replaced with the ME, for surety
So you thought, for victory
is but a virus of— insecurity

In the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Where is there Happiness
Where is the joy and the glee

Color Me, Look at Me, Hear Me, See Me
Label me; Divide Me— from sea to dimming see
And in this relentless storm
Gone now is— her forgotten face and form

In the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Are you Happy now
Are you really living
Are you really Free

Are you Happy Now?

Then why is this abiding
No more hiding,
But in the streets—
Stealing; killing; destroying; dividing

The ONE for all— diverse-d’
The ALL FOR ONE—dispersed
What infection to death is this directness
Death by— political correctness

In the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Are you really Happy now
Are you really living
Are you really Free

For me-my-self-and-i
Have swallowed this poisonous pill
A plague, a virus, a mutation
Corrupting still

In the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Is it too late to dare
Or do you— did you ever care
That it was UNITY that made US FREE

Label, Sexist, racist, he/she— so you thought, all-including
Color, Religion or No, differences became— the self-deluding
And the weakness of each, now imputing
No strength at all, but all diluting

In the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Where is the Life, the Freedom or the Joy
Not a woman or a girl; Not a man or a boy;

The chains at her feet once broken
The symbol of Our Liberty
Made possible by Our Unity
Reformed now stronger than ever
And binds us all so bitterly

For in the chaos and the shouting and the scramble for the ME,
Lost is, the identity of—

the WE!

Are You Happy Now?

“No,” says he/she,
“How can I be?”
“I do not know my name…”
“…or recall from whence I came.”
“I do not know, am I a mister or a mam?”
“I know not who or what I am!”

 

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By Dahni
© July 4th, 2016, all rights reserved

 

Them that feign the words or refrain from the deeds of true words spoken, do not diminish the true!

Oh, Messenger— Be the Message and if not then still,
Let it Be Written;
Let it Be Read;
Let it Be Spoken and
Let it Be Lived

HAPPY 240th 4th of July!

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by Dahni
© 2015, all rights reserved

GoodMornUSA

 

Good Morning USA,

What’s offending, You today?

 

Is it that these three, barely exist

or that a remnant, still persist?

Is it that WE do NOT know each other

or WE are impatient, for it all to smother?

Is it that WE were ever united

or the fire has been ignited?

 

From 1776 and 1789, for 239 and 226 years respectively

Through hell and back, these three have stood collectively

Are all just separate relics of the past, WE’d just soon forget

Are all meaningless scraps of paper and cloth, We surely and sorely regret?

 

Good Morning USA,

What’s offending, You today?

 

Is it that WE’ve traded, for all our wants and security

or that we deserve NOT— Life, Happiness and Liberty?

 

Good Morning USA,

What’s offending, You today?

GoodMornUSA2

 

 

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by Dahni
© 2015, all rights reserved

 

Dedicated to: Janet

 

Sometimes, you find inspiration from something as simple as, a Facebook post from a friend. And sometimes that inspiration brings something beautiful to mind and reminds you and causes you to dig deeper. Why does Our Lady, Lady Liberty stand? Not on a pedestal, but for what reason does she stand? Why does she hold a torch? Why does she, hold Our Declaration of Independence inscribed, July 4th, 1776? Why do her feet trod upon the broken chains of bondage? Why does she speak these words of Emma Lazarus’ poem –

 

“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” 

Excerpt from ‘The New Colossus’ by Emma Lazarus

In 1903, the poem was engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the lower level of the pedestal of, the Statue of Liberty. 

The simple answer to all the above is the same as her name – LIBERTY!

When I was a young boy, every single day in school, I took ‘the pledge of allegiance.’

Pledge

 

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

 

OMG, I wrote the word God. Yes, because that’s exactly what it says and what it means and what I meant and what I mean.

And I said it standing up, without a hat on my head and my right hand over my heart.

But that was then and this is now. Schools don’t say the pledge of allegiance much anymore, if at all or ever. This is a very sad thing, but I think I know why, I don’t understand it, but I think I know why. The reason, for it’s removal is due to, three groups:

the non-religious – the religious – and the legal beagle (yep, like a dog on a pork chop, hell bent on not keeping the law, but interpreting the law).

The non-religious, or those that do not believe in God were and are offended. OK, go sit somewhere else, provided for you, while those that want to say this pledge may, but NO, strike it out, altogether!

Some, religious, were and are offended because, they have no allegiance, except to God. OK, go sit somewhere else provided, for you, while those that want to say this pledge may, but NO, strike it out, altogether!

And the lawyers and the judges and the courts got involved and said, “You can’t make people say this pledge,” (never knew I had to)! OK, go sit somewhere else provided, for you, while those that want to say this pledge may, but NO, strike it out, altogether!

So you don’t want to say this pledge and are offended. Well, I’m offended that you wouldn’t want to! OK, go sit somewhere else provided, for you, while those that want to say this pledge may, but NO, strike it out, altogether! So much for my pursuit of happiness, but just as long as you’re happy, I should be?

Now I’ve heard, ‘Separation of Church and State,’ until I’m blue in the face. If it’s not God, from which we were endowed with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, then where do they come from? What is Life without Liberty? What Happiness can be pursued without Liberty?

We separated from England and declared it in, 1776. We won our independence, but it seems like some, have been busy ever since, trying to separate us, from each other. The Declaration of Independence is, separate from, Our Constitution. The Preamble to the Constitution is, separate from, the Constitution. Separation of Church and state is, separating us, from God and State. But our founding documents really have, a different view. These views are like our home.

You don’t build a house, without a foundation. It has to be there, before you build the rest of the house. Our foundation is, the Declaration of Independence. Most houses have some kind of heating and cooling system, an energy source to keep it warm, cool and balanced and running. Our furnace is, The Constitution of The United States of America. In every home there are rooms. Our rooms are our rights, The Bill of Rights. Every home has a deed, an owner. Our deed is, the Preamble to the Constitution. WE the People, own this house! Most homes have a roof. The roof covers the whole house to protect it and its contents. Our roof is, God! Now before you might go and hit the roof, please allow me to show why, this is so.

 

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…”

 Excerpt from: The Declaration of Independence, 1776

 

Did you read that our separate and equal station comes from, the, “Laws of Man” or “of Nature’s Man?” NO! Before this was written, our founders already had those and they wanted something more like, LIBERTY!

When it came time to build our house, we already had a foundation.

 

“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.

 Excerpt from: The Declaration of Independence, 1776

 

This same foundation, provides a foundation, a purpose, a reason or a preamble, to the Preamble to, Our Constitution and the Constitution.

 

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Excerpt from: The Declaration of Independence, 1776

 

Who are these men (all inclusive noun – men and women of legal age to govern) and whose consent is required, for our servants to govern?

 

“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

 

“We the People of,” the Preamble to the Constitution are the same “We,” which hold these truths from, the Declaration of Independence. What truths – all…are created equal…endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..!

What are the “blessings of Liberty” from the Preamble to the Constitution – unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..! 

And where do those,  “blessings of liberty,”  come from – the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…,” from, the Declaration of Independence.

 

“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

 Amendment V, Bill of Rights, The United States Constitution

 

Now the fifth amendment uses the word “property” instead of “happiness,” from the Declaration of Independence.  “Property” is, the result of, the “Pursuit of Happiness,” whether it is intellectual, emotional, artistic, spiritual, financial, real or whatever it is that makes one happy to pursue and to obtain. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights, secures, protects and preserve the rights, for the individual to pursue them. It offers no guarantee that any and all will obtain, only that they have such rights as, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, to pursue them!

The Declaration of Independence, The Preamble to the Constitution, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are all, parts of the Whole. And the whole roof of, the whole house is, from Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…”

None of these documents define who or what God is, but they clearly bind US, We the People together and Our rights are clearly, distinctly NOT, from man (humanity) For what man (humanity) gives, it can take away and this is a direct opposite of, “Unalienable rights,” rights which cannot be taken, forfeited, bought, sold bartered or surrendered!

Now read the pledge of allegiance again.

 

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

 

How could any one of Us, WE the People, ever be offended in taking this pledge or saying it out loud? As this began, I still think I know why, but I still don’t understand it!

I’m one that freely, but solemnly makes this pledge. I am not forced or compelled to. I pledge to be loyal to, committed to, not perfect, but faithful to, not some idolatrous thing, royal or a man, and not really some flag, but what it represents. It represents the United States of America, which is not a monarchy, theocracy, democracy (rule by majority), anarchy or tyranny, but a Republic (rule of law), the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” for which it stands (not falls). It is one nation, not another or other nations. And it is ONE nation “under God,” “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” And by this it is indivisible, with  Liberty and justice for all (you and I and everyone) of Us, WE the People!

The absolute best explanation, for this pledge that I have personally ever heard was, a presentation by, Red Skelton, on January 14, 1969, a little over 46 years ago! If you have never seen this before or even if you have, I invite you to see and hear this on the You Tube video to follow. Whether this is your first time or something you recall, please view it from start to finish. And in following this, I might have a surprise, for each of you! 🙂

 

 

 

Now for your surprise (maybe)? What you may or may not know is, Red Skelton wrote this, the whole thing. And he wrote it about two and half years before, it was first presented on TV, in 1969. He fought, for this presentation, with CBS, for 2 1/2 years. Even before he wrote this, some non-religious and some religious folk were offended by the idea of allegiance or raising your arm to take this pledge.  To many, especially during WWII, it looked too much like the German salute to Hitler. So that was changed to placing your right hand over your heart or with a military salute if, applicable. And when the words “under God,” were added, even more people were offended and CBS did not want to take any heat. It was OK, to tell a story though, if it was from a third party, not yourself. So, Red Skelton made up the whole story and the teacher, Mr. Laswell. What school age child could ever remember, the entire words of this explanation? But, CBS would NOT budge. Red waited and waited for 2 1/2 years. Then the opportunity presented itself as chance. It so happened that CBS needed time to fill on the air and asked Red, to just tell a story. He did! And that is the truth, it was a story.

The all connecting parts of Our whole home, the home of US, WE the People, are, The Declaration of Independence, The Preamble, The Constitution, the Bill of Right and the roof of Liberty was built by, the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…” This is the purpose for, the pledge of allegiance and for, Red Skelton’s presentation and explanation. And like the radio commentator, Paul Harvey, always used to say, “Now you know, the rest of the Story!”

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Dear Friends, Family and UN-aliens,

If you are have ever thought that there is something seriously wrong in this country, but could not quite put your finger on what ‘it’ is, you are in for at least (4) surprises!

For one thing, many people have felt or feel this way. You are not alone. For another surprise, there is an answer as to exactly what ‘it’ is and when ‘it’ started. Third on the list is that there is actually something that WE the People can do about ‘it.’ And finally, it is really simple (not easy) but simple and it will not take a lot of OUR time.

What is an UN-alien? Well if you are are a citizen of the United States of America, you are an UN-alien.

According to the Declaration of Independence in 1776, WE the People are endowed with –

 

“…certain unalienable rights that among these are

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

excerpt from the Declaration of Independence 1776

I have written a book called RESET “An UN-alien’s Guide to Resetting Our Republic” Book 1: Concealed & Revealed. I NEED your help in reading and reviewing this work. EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY should read this book!

This is not just me saying this. Once you read it, you will agree with that statement.

You are personally invited to find out more information. Please check out:

www://i-imagine.biz/Reset.htm

or order an ebook

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Thank you for helping me, help you help US, WE the People!

1 of WE,

Dahni
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When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — 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.

John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

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Our Lady Liberty – How’s She Doing?

WE Hold These Truths

by Dahni

© Copyright 10/16/09

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Today: WE Hold These Truths” – Excerpt from The Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776

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Does truth exist? Are there any truths in existent? Are there any such things as self-evident truths? It is one thing to hold these truths, but quite another to be ‘held’ by these truths.

Any writer and that which is written in its final form have without question, evolved from one or a series of ‘rough drafts’ until the final version is committed. Even then, revisions and such things as the 2nd, 3rd; 4th editions and so forth are published later.

Sometimes this is due to the corrections of inaccuracies of fact, spelling mistakes or just typographical errors missed inadvertently by a proofreader. Sometimes new editions contain updated or enhanced information. Sometimes new editions may simply have an updated cover or something as simple.

Often new editions are a publisher’s attempt to sell more works to the same buyers or to expose the work to a new generation or to a new group of readers. There are many reasons for new editions as things and even facts can change. But is not truth or truths considered to be universal? If something is true today for you and I, will it also not be true for anyone in the world – anytime in the past, the present and the future?

Facts change. As I write this, someplace in this world it is probably raining. As I write this from my office in my hometown, it is not raining. Both of these facts can change in time.

But a truth is like when clouds are sufficient and moisture within them heavy enough, gravity will cause rain to fall. This does not depend on race, creed, and color of skin, intellect or socio-economic situation. It is what it is. Perhaps this explanation is too simplistic or not simple enough, but it will have to suffice. But facts change and truth or truths are universal and for lack of a better word, they are eternal – have always existed and will always exist, with or without us.

Each of us holds certain truths, they may be mere facts, but to us that hold them, they are truths or our truths.

My pocket at the present holds a wallet. It could by my choice, remain where it is. I could decide to not use any money, credit card, anything or any information contained in my wallet. In this sense, I would hold a wallet, but I am not held by the contents of that wallet nor have any benefit of those contents. This is what I mean here in holding the truth and being held by the truth.

To be held by something, to be committed to a goal or cause, logic necessitates that WE must first hold the truth. To benefit from the contents of my wallet, I must first have a wallet with contents.

The hands of knowledge, WE must lay hold upon it. The eyes of our understanding, WE must be open to it. Then WE may choose to be HELD by what WE hold or not.

Perhaps there is no other phrase in US American history more familiar and yet so unknown at the same time to many, than from The Declaration of Independence dated July 4, 1776…

WE hold these truths to be self-evident…”

WE begin here with the first word, “WE.” Who are the WE referred to in this document? From the first line it is written, “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people” In following the context, “one people” relates to WE and the 56 signers of this document which were representatives of their perspective colony of the original thirteen. A representative represents a certain number of people and collectively, the 56 signers represented the majority of the people of those original 13 colonies. Therefore, “one people,” 56 signers and the people they represented are equal to each other. In mathematics, things equal to the same thing are equal to each other. “WE” were and WE are, WE the People.

WE Hold These Truths to be self-evident…,” what does this mean? The answer is given in the words to follow, “that all men [the word “men” is an all inclusive noun which includes women], “are created…”

The word “created” means to have brought in the past, into existence or that which exists that had not existed before. It is associative of a creator. Whether or not all people at the time of this writing in 1776 or at this time in 2009 believe in creation or a creator does not negate that many of the “WE” of this writing did believe and it may logically follow that a majority did. Regardless of belief, the “truths” are still “self-evident.” Why are these “truths” “selfevident?” How is it possible that “WE” are all “equal?”

We know that each person is different and that makes each unique, but WE are also in many ways the same. WE are equal in the sense that WE all have potential to achieve “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.WE are each “endowed” [are equipped or supplied with talents, abilities, potential and quality]. As normally fully equipped and upright beings, WE can think, move, grow, learn, adapt, evolve and change. Without restrictions, limitations, regulations, grants, licenses, taxation without [proper] representation, economic failure, traumatic climate change, social order, health and legal disorder, favoritism and nepotism, permissions or impositions, WE can each pursue at our own discretion, direction and speed –  “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These “truths are self-evident!

These “certain rights” are “unalienable,” [they cannot be separated, given away, sold, or taken away]. “Among” these “certain unalienable rights are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

To secure these rights, Governments are instituted.” The powers of governments are “instituted among men” [an all inclusive noun] and these governments “derive” or receive their power “from the consent of the governed” or WE the people.

Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, [life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness] it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.”

Prudence,” [caution; discretion]indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light [non-essential] and transient [lasting only a short time; existing briefly; temporary] 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.”

These are the Truths WE Hold. WE hold them in memory in some part from perhaps long ago when WE heard or read the words in school. WE hold them in the archives of our nation’s capitol. WE hold them in our hands as WE reach for them as a copy rolled up at some souvenir store. WE hold them in our eyes when WE read the words. WE hold them in our ears when WE hear them. WE hold these truths like the picture above. It is like the negative of an old 35mm photograph, WE recognize them when we see or hear the words, but the details; the color; the vibrancy, and life of the words are virtually unknown. And the negative is fading.

These words were written over 200 years ago. They are dated. They fade and are unclear and unimportant to some like an old negative of a photograph. But are they outdated as most of the fashions worn in 1776? Are these words mere facts; relevant only to the people of the day and the times in which they were written? Or are these words timeless, eternal, true, truths and “self-evident truths?”

All experience hath shewn [has shown] WE are “more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right [ourselves] by abolishing the forms to which they [WE] are accustomed.” [Do WE settle – Have WE settled for less than our “certain rights” of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?”

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces [to show clearly; make evident or manifest; prove] a design to reduce them [WE] under absolute Despotism, it is their [Our] right, it is their [Our] duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their [Our] future security.”

Those that are empowered, those that have the knowledge, and those that have the understanding or are able to affect and/or influence change, are responsible to DO IT!

Our rights, Ourinalienable rights” are not much more than a wallet in the pocket or a purse on the arm, unless they are opened and used to Our own benefit and for that of others.

WE indeed, “Hold These Truths,” but are we HELD by these truths? For ourselves, our posterity and for the future of all people everywhere, for “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,” it is our right; it is our duty and it is our responsibility to “Hold These Truthsand to be HELD by them! And it is Our responsibility to secure these rights for those, all those that cannot secure them for themselves!

This is what it means to “Hold These Truths” and to be  HELD by “These Truths!”

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Excerpt from The Gettysburg Address, by Abraham Lincoln

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1863

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Next time: The Declaration of Liberty – The Declaration of Independence


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