Published DateTo The Daily Sun,
The three most important documents relating to the foundation of our republic are the Declaration of Independence (1776), the Constitution (1787) and the Bill of Rights (created 1789, adopted 1790). The most familiar and most often quoted section among these three organic documents comes from the Declaration and is as follows:
"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."
The true source of our two most important rights, life and liberty, are singled out and identified in our nation's founding document, the Declaration of Independence. The true source of these rights is not man nor the writ of man nor is it the Declaration itself or the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. The source of these rights is also not vested in Congress or the courts or any government agency or functionary. The true source of our rights to life and liberty is our Creator God. This self-evident truth as applied to our nation cannot be changed because, unlike the Constitution, the Declaration cannot be amended. It was not intended by the founders to be amended. The statement that legally founded The United States of America is found within the last paragraph of The Declaration of Independence and is as follows:
"We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in general Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World (God) for the rectitude (making right) of our intentions (to found a new nation), do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states: that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and as free and independent States, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliance, establish commerce, and do all other acts and things which independent States of right may do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on Divine Providence, (superintending protection of God) we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."
A founding statement is not to be found in the Constitution and it should thus be self-evident that the Constitution does not stand alone without the Declaration. The Declaration is a binding founding contract and, unlike the Constitution, has no provision for amendment. To deny the self-evident truth that we are a nation founded under God is to reject and nullify the Declaration compact, and this would leave us with a Constitution with no founding article or covenant. The Constitution superseded the Articles of Confederation but did not nullify the Declaration. We first had to have a nation in order to contract laws for that nation. It cannot be the reverse. That is obvious when looking at the Constitution itself: The Preamble begins, "We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union..." The inclusion of "more perfect..." implies the Union was already formed. The clincher is in the last sentence of the Constitution:
"DONE in convention by the unanimous consent of the States present the seventeenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven, and of the independence of the United States of America the twelfth." Eleven years as a functioning United States of America put us into the twelfth year.
Whether the reader agrees or disagrees with the principles presented here does not matter. Their inclusion in our non-amendable founding document is an undeniable matter of fact. Even if our federal government, all civil authority, and/or the courts deny the existence of these principles, take away our First Amendment rights to exercise and express these precepts, and prosecute us for even mentioning them, they still cannot erase the fact that The United States of America was and is founded by the Declaration of Independence as a Nation Under God. Otherwise, explain why have we been celebrating the forth of July as the date of the founding of the United States of America since 1776?