“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, and that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” —Declaration of Independence, in Congress July 4, 1776
Perhaps it is strange to begin a blog on the Constitution and the founding of America with the most celebrated line in American history, rather than some new sales-pitch on how to fix all of our nation’s problems. Just a simple line that almost all, if not all, of the people who will be reading this blog know, and could quote without hesitation.
But how often do we merely quote that line like a magical good-luck charm, hoping that the mere incantation of those thirty-five words will keep us safe from tyranny; and completely forget the deep meaning that it holds? How often do we treat it for what it truly is: a resolution; a belief formed and written by the most remarkable group of men to ever assemble in America, a conviction that you and I and every other person ever born is equal in the sight of God and that no other mortal man has the authority to domineer over our lives? How often do we consider that it was a revolutionary exclamation of human rights never heard before in the world? How often do we forget the sacrifice that was made to ensure that the promise of liberty made in that short line was to live on and extend its light of freedom to you and me?
Because of that simple line, I have the freedom from oppression to write this blog, and you have the freedom from oppression to read this blog, if you so choose. You have the freedom to agree with what I say or ridicule me as a fool, because you have the right to believe whatever you choose. You can choose where to live, where to work, what you want to be in life, where to worship, whether to worship anything or not, and myriads of other personal choices. That short, simple line – so often tossed aside by historians and students of politics – defines every action of your life. Because of the courage and the revolutionary new ideas that our Founding Fathers, and the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of men and women who died to defend the truth enshrined in that phrase; you are free.
For a young man who loves his nation and wishes to see it continue with the blessing of freedom that it holds, there can be no greater introduction than this statement of the lofty ideals that gave rise to our beloved nation.
For many years, I have been a great lover of the story of America’s founding, and the incredibly freedom-protecting government that she was created with. And for quite some time, I have intended to write a blog to try to share with my generation the amazing saga of America, the land of the free; to try to explain our wonderful freedoms, our remarkable Constitution, and how we must protect our freedoms for future generations—as well as modern day issues in the light of the Constitution and how our Founders would have considered them. But I continued putting off the writing, telling myself that I was not ready or knowledgeable enough to try to teach others. And for the last year and a half, I was caught up in pursuing different a goal.
However, my plans in that regard recently ended, in a failure that was very painful to me. As I tried to think of what my next step should be, I realized that in spite of my youth and the fact that I am still not at all a true expert on the Constitution; I still have the gift and the love of America that God has given me, and I can share that with others. I am still not a scholar of the Constitutional, only a simple student trying to find out as much as he can about the beginnings of our nation. But I want to try to help you learn what I have been privileged to learn, and perhaps understand more about the awesome beliefs and concepts of freedom that were in America’s founding.
As I write, I shall try to be as objective as possible and simply write from the point of view of the Constitution, without any biased twists, and present all sides of the issue. I am still learning to write and I know that one day I will look back at this and consider it horrible writing; but I hope that I will improve as I write, and I ask that you bear with me if I become wordy, or confusing, or boring (or if I make my articles far too long…I promise that they won’t be as long as this introduction!).
In this blog, I will try to explain the Constitution—why it was needed, how it was created, and the thought process that went into what it says—and some more detailed studies of important issues such as states’ rights, religious freedom, human rights, federal power, and others. I also hope to study current and past Supreme Court decisions, and current world events. Politics and history are often tossed aside by the Millennial Generation (that is all of y’all who are my age) (and yes, I am a Southerner) as being boring and pointless. Let me assure you, there is nothing further from the truth and I hope that you will learn as I write about some of the amazing things our nation has done!
I truly hope that through this blog, you may learn something of America and why she is great. The freedom we enjoy as Americas is precious and rare, and although we have accepted it as a fact that it will always be there, the truth is that we must valiantly defend our freedoms so that they are not taken away! Every day, our nation’s leaders take us farther away from the original intent of the Founders (not trying to attack either Republicans or Democrats; both parties have contributed to this usurpation) and unless we stop them, all of the freedoms will be taken away from us, freedoms that our Founding Fathers risked their lives for and thousands of brave American soldiers have died defending. It is time to wake up! It is time to take a stand for the truth and for our freedoms! A new day is dawning, one that will see us either arise and return to the glorious strength America once had, or one that will see us giving up all the liberties our Founders gave us. Which do you wish to see? I hope for the one with America’s strength, and I hope that this new day that dawns on my life will keep me writing about America and our freedom. My prayer is that you will learn something from this blog that will help you realize the glorious gift of freedom that you enjoy, and help you learn how to defend that freedom in today’s world.
I will close with a short quote from possible the most brilliant man to ever live in America, Benjamin Franklin. “I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”
Our Founding Fathers were devout Christians and created a nation founded on principles of Christianity. Whether you believe in the God of the Bible or not, you live in a land of freedom. Christian freedom. May God bless America, and may God keep us free!