Our founders stated without hesitation that we know that God created us and that it is God who has given us rights and liberties and not man nor government. Never had a nation been founded on such direct principles since the days Jesus walked on earth. Jefferson listed these as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Locke and others had listed these as life, liberty, and property. As we study natural law we learn that the right to private property, that very right vehemently denied by collectivists, communists, and Democrats, is paramount to freedom which is paramount to the pursuit of happiness.
“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.”
We were not to be a nation ruled by bureaucrats, technocrats, judges, or any but the people. Eventually, eleven years later, a representative constitutional republic was established. The written law in the constitution was the final say on all questions. We would be a nation ruled by law and not by men.
The King did not adhere to these ideals of rule by law with the people being the final say on what powers the government would have.
He again refers to the King.
“He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good.”
“He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing Importance, unless suspended in their Operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. “
“He has refused to pass other Laws for the Accommodation of large Districts of People, unless those People would relinquish the Right of Representation in the Legislature, a Right inestimable to them, and formidable to Tyrants only.”
“He has called together Legislative Bodies at Places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the Depository of their public Records, for the sole Purpose of fatiguing them into Compliance with his Measures.”
The King was doing things to negate the will of the people. We find our courts, our bureaucracy or executive, and yes even our legislative branch constantly negating the will of the people by not adhering to our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. In so many ways we are less free today than we were prior to July 4th, 1776.
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