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July 4, 1776 - The unanimous Declaration of the...United States of America

Posted: July 3, 2012 - 6:14pm

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.

“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....”

No, this is not right wing propaganda advocating the overthrow of the United States under the Obama administration. It is the first and portion of the second paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence.

Nowhere in this declaration of our national independence does it say that our nation should be a democracy, or does it say what type of government we should be. What it does say is that “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from” — not the Congress, the president or the United States Supreme Court — but “from the consent of the governed....”

The consent of the governed is “We the people of the United States of America...” it is with our consent that the government is created, and it is with our consent that it may be abolished.

In these extremely divisive times, we the governed, must shoulder our responsibility to constantly stand guard over our government. We have a responsibility to hold our elected officials and appointed government officials responsible to the oaths of office they took when they were each sworn in to faithfully protect and execute their respective offices as outlined by our nation’s Constitution.

This is not an opinion of platitudes, but a wake-up call to every freedom loving American who wants a nation of the people, by the people and for the people, as outlined by our Founding Fathers.

Keith Hansen