The future of America will be determined by one thing….whether we still believe in the values stated in the original document of the Republic of the United States of America, the Declaration of Independence.
Since this is an election year, perhaps we should discuss exactly what the Declaration of Independence says. Then we can accurately gauge where we stand as a free people.
So let’s have fun and start with just the First Sentence in the Declaration of Independence.
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.
I think we can skip over the course of human events as to referring to history. The next part of the sentence “becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another” could mean throw off the old ties that don’t work anymore.
Next part reads “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”. To all those people who want to take God out of the equation, what does it say when the founders of the Republic acknowledge a higher power, a god in the very first sentence of the founding document of our Nation. It also acknowledges and affirms that the rights of man are endowed to him by a higher power, a God. (That’s one for god, I’m keeping score)
I think the next part of the sentence is my favorite: “a decent respect to the opinions of mankind”. This is definitely something that has been lost in the political discourse – a decent respect. The other part of this phrase, “the opinions of mankind”, recognizes that there is going to be multiple opinions.
The last part of the sentence says: requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. Requires is defined as “to impose need or occasion for; make necessary or indispensable.” Require equals a mandate. It does not allow there to be a choice.
The last part of the sentence might be tricky for those of the younger generation with limited vocabulary. ” impel them to the separation.” To be brief: Impel = to drive or urge forward; press on; incite or constrain to action. Separation = coming apart.
So let’s see if I can rephrase this into 21st century lingo.
When in history it becomes important for people to get rid of the outdated political parties that don’t work anymore and stand up for themselves according to the rights given to them by a higher power, common courtesy says that it is necessary for them to state the reasons that drive them to make these changes.
How am I doing so far? No fair jumping ahead to the next sentence now. We are discussing one sentence at a time and right now we are discussing the first sentence only. So please let’s stay on topic for a change.