This post is part of #JusJoJan Daily Prompt – January 22nd, 2018.
In the document pictured above the following statement is the second statement of the document:
“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, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
When this document was ratified in 1776 it did only direct that “all men are created equal” because women were treated as property. The other issue is that this was a bald face lie because not all men were created equal. If you were not a Protestant White male you were created equal. I would imagine that when this document was ratified the founding father could have never imagined that their 13 colonies would grow into 50 states and several territories while surviving for 242 years and still going strong, for the most part.
This country and our liberties that we have was built and bled for by IMMIGRANTS seeking that same liberty that was guaranteed when the country was founded. We need to make sure that we never lose sight of that and ensure that we are doing everything in our power to make our country welcoming yet still safe.What happened to us. We were making some much progress in many areas over the last couple of decades and then all of a sudden the bus to backwardsville arrived and the country got on. Not the entire country , but enough to send us into a tailspin of bigotry, racism and xenophobia because of wo things. We elected and reelected the first African American President in 2008 and 2012. Then all of a sudden this individual who has no business running this great nation somehow takes his vile message of hate and lies to the most unsuspecting and believing citizens of our country and gets elected.
I truly believe that the current occupant of the White House has no care for the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence nor the liberty that we are guaranteed in this country. I guarantee if he had his way we go all the way back to the 1800’s and beyond when women were property and anyone who wasn’t White would also be treated as property.
I am honored to be a citizen of this great country and I pray that very soon we take heed and do what is stated in this particular line from the document above:
“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
That is what is in My Rattled Cage today!
3 thoughts on “#JusJoJan Daily Prompt – January 22nd, 2018 – Liberty”
I don’t think many occupants of the white house gave a damn for the constitution or anything but personal power. Its certainly not just Trump who’s guilty of destroying our liberty. Bush and Obama have done plenty too (and many of the other occupants as well).
As for the whole thing about women, blacks, indians, etc. I have to give them the benefit of the doubt in that the common opinion back in those days was that only white men actually counted as men- the rest were just not considered as anything but semi human at best. Of course, I would have loved it if they were even more forward thinking and did give everyone equal rights like they said, but the words have managed to bring about change, even if it took a lot longer than it should have.
We are going backwards. I think some of that is due to the immigrants we allow to come here now. A long time ago, they came and assimilated. Now, they don’t have to and they don’t. That is not what we should be promoting, we need immigrants who respect and love our founding principles, NOT just economic advantage we offer here.
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Thank you Capt Jill for this response! I agree wholeheartedly with everything you stated! Have a great day!!
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You too. 🙂