The Moral Cornerstone of the Country
What makes Faith one of the cornerstones?
The morals that our country were founded upon came from the ideas and teachings of the Judeo-Christain religion. The most important one being the idea that, in the eyes of God, every person has worth. This is where the idea of the rights of an indiviual comes from. Which is the founding principle of the country. – “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.”
Why is this important?
This was the first time a country had recogized that each individual was as important as any other. Prior to this, common men and women were seen as servants to their ruling classes. They had no or very few rights. What ever their lords, dukes, Queens, Kings or whatever person or group of higher stature asked of them they were expected to obey. This country gave the power to these common men and women. It set out to put all of Man equal before the law.
How does this realate to the country?
For the answer to this question we look to the next line in the Declaration of Independence. “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituded among Men, deriving their just powers from the concent of the governed,” The job of our government is to protect our rights as individuals. We, the people, need to understand this so that we can demand it of those we put in government. For we know, given the chance, those in power will always attempt to abuse that power.
What can I do?
Stand strong on your rights as a citizen of this country and encourage others to do so as well. Hold your representatives accountable. Get inolved in your local government. Know what plans they have for your community. Go to the meetings and let your voice be heard. Teach the children that their rights are given by birth and not by the government. Live as independent of the government as you can and show others how it can be done. We must stand for our rights as individuals together if we want to get back what we have lost.