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The “Radical” Declaration of Independence

August 29th, 2012

If you were around in 1776 and liked what the Declaration of Independence had to say, lots of people would have labeled you a “radical”.

After all, back then, people believed that the government created all of man’s rights — and, as a result, was allowed to take those rights away whenever it felt like it.  There was no voting; rulers had absolute power.  When a King made a decision, no one was allowed to question it.  Heck, no one would have even dreamed of questioning it!  Instead, commoners agreed that the King was being “nice” by letting them have a couple of liberties.

Then, the “radical” Declaration of Independence changed everything.

It said that men were born with certain rights — and that those rights had nothing to do with whoever happened to be in power at the time.  Instead, it was the people who were being “nice” by letting the government have any power at all.  Our Forefathers believed that the people were allowed to set rules for the government anytime they wanted, not vice versa.  People were encouraged to challenge the government and speak their minds.  That’s because the government existed to serve the people, instead of the other way around.

In some circles, you’re still a “radical” if you agree with them.  If you believe in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, you’ve got it all wrong.

Wonder what our Forefathers would say if they knew their views were still unpopular to some people all these years later?

 

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