“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.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, …” - from the Declaration of Independence
Do you think the Chinese, Russian, Iranian, or NKorean governments live by these words and concepts? Not even close.
Some readers wonder why we should care whether
, for example, takes over the South and China
or whether East China Seas takes over Russia Crimea and . We can come
up with reasons such as ensuring the safe passage of international shipping or
some such but, ultimately, it comes down to our fundamental beliefs. Unlike any other country in the world, we
believe that our fundamental rights are granted by God, not governments, and
that everyone, not just Americans, are entitled to these same unalienable
rights. We should care that most of the
world lives in a reality far different from the concepts of our Declaration and
in governments that do not govern with the consent of the governed. If we truly believe these words then it is our responsibility, ultimately, to secure these rights for all people, in whatever country. That is why we should care. Ukraine
Sometimes we need a reminder about certain fundamentals in our lives. Sometimes we also need a reminder that God is the source of our fundamental rights and our strength.
A happy and reflective Independence Day to all of you.