Saturday, July 3, 2010

July 4th 2010: honoring liberty, natural law, and the Declaration of Independence

Our country is faced with numerous political and economic challenges. A majority of these issues require comprehensive and systemic changes to bring order, prosperity, and harmony back to our society. These problems have festered for many decades and – over time – we've drifted from the fundamental principles that our founding forefathers fought and died for in the late 18th Century.

We celebrate their legacy this weekend with celebratory fireworks, parties, and the wearing patriotic colors of the flag.  But, what is often missing and lost on many of the American populace - through either blind ignorance or a lack of historical literacy - is WHY the early Americans fought a war of "secession" (or independence) against the English. The Declaration of Independence states:
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.
The words "Law of Nature and of Nature's God" are referring to the philosophy and ethic of "Natural Law". Natural law is an immortal precept which codifies the existence of our humanity in that we as humans are born free and own our body (or life), the fruits of our labor, and have the natural right to pursue our own ends by some purposeful means. Thus, we are called to utilize our liberty to pursue happiness and live the life we feel called to lead. This natural law philosophical ethic is not presupposition, but rather TRUTH.

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