CITY OF NORTHLAKE: Our country needs to get back to the basics – it's all about equality
City of Northlake issued the following announcement on June 28.
Next week we will come together as one people united to celebrate our nation’s founding on July 4, 1776.
“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.”
How we do that is left to the Constitution, the other founding document which points the way to achieving the over-arching goals of the Republic: Everyone is equal. We have the right to life, to liberty and to pursue happiness.
But how we get there is for another column. Today, we’ll just focus on independence.
For without the idea that we are free, that we are independent to pursue our liberty and happiness however we please, what difference does it make what form of government we choose — democracy, republic, mob rule or tyrant?
Independence knows no political party. And that’s a good thing today as America is becoming more divided over politics than at any time since the 1960s and the protests over Vietnam and civil rights.
Today, a president tweets invective at his enemies and a member of Congress calls for more than civil disobedience. But downright mob rule and violence against those with different political views has no place here.
So we need unity more than ever.
We need to get back to the basic idea of why we have a country.
And that idea is equality.
Here, everyone is to have a chance to pursue their dreams. Race, color nor national origin has nothing to do with it.
To be eligible, all you have to do is buy into the idea that the other guy is not your better just because he has a fancy car, or big home or superior job today. If those are the things you want, you too can get them.
Equality doesn’t mean every one gets the same thing, or even that everyone starts at the same place.
Some people are born into a rich family and squander everything, never learning what has real value.
Others are born with nothing but a will and a desire to make good and they learn to value what’s important.
And what’s important, what has real lasting value, at least lasting these past 242 years, is that simple concept I quoted at the beginning of this essay that flowed from the pen of Thomas Jefferson.
All are equal. All have the right to life. All have the right to liberty. All have the right to the pursuit of happiness. There are other rights, but these are the main ones.
And these rights are not granted to the people by a king, or even from some sort of elected government.
These rights are above rulers and at times above bad law. They flow from the Creator and therefore cannot be abridged or infringed.
We’re independent. We can rule ourselves.
Those are ideas worth celebrating.
Happy Independence Day.
Original source can be found here.
Source: City of Northlake