I wonder how many people today have actually read what we refer to as (but doesn’t call itself) the Declaration of Independence. I always found it to be elegant prose.
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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,…
One clause of the indictment is always particularly disturbing to me (“merciless Indian Savages” … ), but it usually gets overlooked as most people don’t read past the Preamble, if that far.
I also wonder how many people have actually read the Constitution. It is a far more important document because it is the true founding of our country and government.
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
This is easier to remember for any child of the 1970s thanks to ABC’s Schoolhouse Rock in 1976 and its catchy tune:
Patriotism rings loudly today. I hope folks remember that corporations are not people, but that all people are equal and deserve general welfare, blessings of liberty, life and the ability to pursue happiness.