I joined Tom Purcell for the 4th of July Special Edition of Liberty Never Sleeps radio show to talk about my new book Our Virtuous Republic: The Forgotten Clause in the American Social Contract. Tom was spot on with his discussion of the Declaration of Independence, the sacrifices our Founding Fathers made for their beliefs, and the meaning of the Fourth of July, or Independence Day. Much thanks to Tom for having me on. To visit Tom’s site, click here.
The following excerpt from the book can be found in Section 1 Chapter 3 entitled, “Decapitation of Church & State” – emphasis added here – helps us to comprehend what it was that motivation our Founding Fathers. With the understanding that they were men the same as all other leaders before them, we can begin to appreciate what made them – and as a result America – truly exceptional.
The signing of the Declaration of Independence was, in itself, an act of obedience to the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God. In signing their names, our Founding Fathers acknowledged that any manmade law that stands in conflict to the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God, was in truth null and void. The opening of the Declaration reads:
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…
While we read and pay lip service to the words in many of our founding documents, we fail to stop and put them in their proper context, which waters down their meaning. The Declaration of Independence, in essence, was a humbled repudiation of the strongest government on Earth, and a solemn pledge to God that they would obey and enforce the supreme universal Laws of Nature and Nature’s God. Natural Law dictates that humankind live in their natural state of freedom, that no government has the power to object to that freedom, and demands action against threats to liberty by those worthy of receiving it.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object [disobedience to the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God] evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
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