|Mr. Moe distorted American history|
Please allow me to not only correct the record, but more importantly, to defend the most consequential document in American history from the distortions put forth in Terrance Moe’s letter last week, “The Declaration of Independence inherently socialistic,” which was a response to mine the week prior, “Foundation of nation is still individual liberty.”
By misrepresenting the clearly stated objective of my letter, which centered around the individual liberty that a minority of Americans are determined to diminish, Mr. Moe was then able to beat the drum for universal health care in an unusual fashion.Apparently, if one can convince the uninformed masses that the founding of this nation is actually based in socialism, it will be an easier lift to have them accept the socialistic nature of government-run health care.
That said, it appears that to make the case, Mr. Moe took a few words out of context and combined them with some editorializing in order to produce a unique interpretation of the Declaration of Independence.
In doing so, Mr. Moe distorted historical fact by claiming that “The preamble clearly states that all men are created equal, and therefore, all are deserving of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Left unchallenged, one could logically reason that the founders themselves bequeathed to the American people some rewards they are deserving of, and thus, reasonably conclude that the founders did indeed endorse a basic tenet of socialism known today as either social equity or social justice.
However, when one investigates these most profound determinations in their entirety, a much different and historically accurate interpretation is confirmed. “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.”
So in its unabridged form, this timeless American creed is unequivocally clear that all people are created equal with a specific set of rights, not because we deserve them, but simply by virtue of being human. Additionally, these gifts are granted individually to each and every one of us by God and can never be taken away or altered by the government that we the people create and control for the express purpose of protecting this sacred birthright.
Furthermore, these self-evident truths are the bedrock of an exceptional American system originally designed as a means by which individuals determine their own destiny, hence, the antithesis of the socialistic philosophy that some Americans now feel emboldened to openly embrace.
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|Tuesday, December 10, 2013 11:10 AM|