A steady usurpation of power by the central authority over the last twenty years has both eroded trust in the federal government by the people and reawakened the debate over how the constitution should be read. I will not try to explain why one side is correct and the other is wrong, I will simply offer you a perspective, and let you find the answers for yourself.
The birth of our nation is celebrated universally recognized as July 4th 1776. This is the day that we recognize the signing of the Declaration of Independence and it is from this document that I will offer you my perspective on the Constitution.
“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 opening paragraph makes two statements; first it says that they have a “right” to be free of Great Britton, and then it says out of respect we should state why we want to be free. It goes on to state;
“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”
Once again it talks about “rights” which he calls unalienable and self evident. The question you need to ask yourself is what are these rights, and where did they come from? And why did men of prosperity risk everything to declare the existence of these rights?
The answer is found in the first paragraph “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” What is commonly known as Natural Law is the foundation upon which our Country was created, and the key that unlocks the mystery of the Constitution.
Next week we will explore Natural Law more in detail.
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