An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
from The Bunker
Every great and not so great civilization is based on an idea, a philosophy. They are born out of a philosophical idea. These civilizations grow and mature if the philosophical idea is sound and adhered to. They will decline and die if the original good idea is perverted and corrupted.
We are privileged to live in a country where the original intent, the philosophical idea was individual freedom and liberty. There can be no disagreement on the fact that this produced the greatest growth in human development in the known history of mankind. But where did this idea come from, what are its origins? Our current leaders and great thinkers pervert the truth on a daily basis. They use the word “Democracy” to describe our nation’s philosophical roots. It is a lie, a purposeful distortion to lead the populace away from our original intent. You may be thinking, “I know we are not a democracy we are a constitutional republic!” True, but let’s dig deeper and explore the philosophical roots as to why our founders chose a republic over the other forms of government available.
In a very short time I am going to type into this magical device a sentence that shocked the known civilized world. It enraged kings, dictators and tyrants and freed humans across the planet. It still does today. It is the greatest collection of words ever conjoined into a simple declarative sentence about freedom. It was composed out of a belief in a philosophical idea. It was written by Thomas Jefferson and was the first sentence of the second paragraph of a very well known Declaration. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” You have read these words from the Declaration of Independence; you have heard them used time and again in speeches from self-serving politicians. But, you have probably never been told or taught the truth behind them.
First, when you hear these words today they are usually spoken by someone who sounds like they are reading a shopping list. You probably hear them in your minds voice the same way. But that was not the original intent. Remember, Jefferson wrote this Declaration from behind enemy lines. There were foreign troops on American soil. This document was not called, The Essay of Independence, or the Letter of Independence. No! It was a Declaration to the most powerful human being on the planet, King George of England. This is an emotional sentence and should be spoken as such. The remaining portion of the Declaration goes on to list the grievances that the colonists wanted redress of. If written today it might conclude with, “And put this pillow of tacks on your throne and sit on it!”
The belief of our founders as to the philosophical ideas that formed our union is laid out in the first paragraph of 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.”