When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for 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 which God entitle them. A decent respect of the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; endowed by their Creator with inherent and in alienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (first paragraph and first sentence second paragraph from the Declaration of Independence)56 men debated in a hot steamy room in the summer of 1776, debating on the wording of the Declaration of Independence. These men were not paid for this, not reimbursed for travel expenses, and all had a bounty on their heads. They left their families behind, not knowing if, or when they would see them again. They were willing to lose everything for the birth of our Country. Eventually some did.
What sacrifices will our elected Employees willing to make today? They are very well paid, have a great retirement program, and a Cadillac health care program, we pay for. They pass laws that will almost guarantee them re-election, think listening to us is not important, and they work maybe a hundred days a year. Who are they really serving? We voted for them to work for us; are they working for us? They took an oath to protect and follow the Constitution of the United States. Are the members of Congress & Senate following their oath of office?
As you enjoy your barbeques, gatherings, parades and fireworks, please take a moment and think about the last fourteen words of the Declaration of Independence. Ask yourself, “Are my elected employees living up to this last statement from our Founding Fathers document?” Remember your answer this November on Election Day.
These words are: We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our property, and our sacred honor.