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.
— American Declaration of Independence
I recently had a chat with a friend regarding the US Constitution and the freedoms afforded to it by way of the Declaration of Independence. During this discussion, we were talking about foreign and domestic issues, when I rather parochially parroted on about this “American” right to be free.
My friend quickly corrected me to mention that the Framers never intended their verbiage to mean something that was strictly an American concept; this is most definitely embodied within the above, first sentence of paragraph two of the Declaration.
We. Truths. Self-evidence. All men. Created Equal. Endowed by their Creator. Certain unalienable rights. Life. Liberty. Pursuit of Happiness.
It turns out that we are both right. While these concepts are universal, it is America that is the first experiment in practical application.
The question is, if the American experiment were to ever cease, who would pick up the fire of liberty and carry it on?
Two great videos I ran across to best explain my sentiments. One is from 2012 where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expresses thanks for American independence. The second is slightly deeper, expressing the Christian roots of the American experiment.
Both videos are well done.
Happy July 4.