All honor to Jefferson–to the man who, in the concrete pressure of a struggle for national independence by a single people, had the coolness, forecast, and capacity to introduce into a merely revolutionary document, an abstract truth, applicable to all men and all times, and so to embalm it there, that today, and in all coming days, it shall be a rebuke and a stumbling block to the very harbingers of reappearing tyranny and oppression.
Abraham. Lincoln 1859
All that we ask or desire is permission to interpret the Constitution according to the Darwinian principle. Some citizens of this country have never got beyond the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence did not mention the questions of our day.
Woodrow Wilson 1912
If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions.
Calvin Coolidge 1926
America, this is our moment. This is our time, our time to turn the page on the policies of the past, our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face, our time to offer a new direction for this country that we love. This was the moment, this was the time when we came together to remake this great nation…
Barack Obama 2008
We don’t need to remake America, or discover new and untested principles. The change we need is not to turn the page on the policies of the past, but a great renewal of these permanent truths about man, politics, and liberty—the foundational principles and constitutional wisdom that are the true roots of our country’s greatness.
I whole-heartily agree with Abraham Lincoln’s assertion that the words written by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of independence are a rebuke and a stumbling block to the very harbingers of reappearing tyranny and oppression…ie today’s Democratic Party leadership. I do not desire to have only one political party in America, and I do think some of the rank and file still hold in their heart the beliefs of Andrew Jackson.
Today’s Democratic Party leadership repudiate the Founders’ principles, holding that there are no self-evident truths—in the Declaration of Independence or elsewhere—only change in the constant search for progress without final goals. There are no permanent rights with which man is endowed, but endlessly evolving rights that develop and grow based on new demands (and polling data). Our fidelity must be to a “living” Constitution that adapts to fit the demands of the times. The way forward is to control social conditions and engineer a better society, redistributing wealth through a distant and patronizing welfare state that regulates more and more of the American economy, politics and society.
The scales are gradually coming off the eyes of the seasoned citizens who have previously given their votes to Democratic Party candidates. Now, more than ever, is the time to relearn the meaning and contemporary significance of the Declaration of Independence and recognize that modern liberalism has explicitly rejected the truths it proclaims. This recognition has surfaced especially now because these older folks have read HR 3200.
Cross-posted at The Minority Report