Much is made of the beginning of the Declaration of Independence. They are stirring words: “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.”
Today, however, on this Fourth of July, 2019, we would like to ask you to consider the final sentence in the famous declaration:
“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.”
We ask you today to consider adopting something of that same spirit in the daily conduct of your lives as American citizens. Consider every citizen in this country to be an American as worthy of your support and protection as any other, whether they uphold your political views or not.
Remember too the famous saying “United we stand, divided we fall.” Art credit: John Trumbull, 1817-19
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