An Independence Day lesson on the Declaration

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal...

Awareness of self-evident truth faltering for lack of public support

What will you do differently in the community in which we live to make clear to others that all men are created equal? This is a question for each of us to ask, because that self-evident truth is faltering because of a lack of public support. Or were you born with a saddle on your back to be ridden upon by those born with spurs (Thomas Jefferson)?

At our July meeting we celebrated because we accept the self-evident truth that all men are created equal. That one truth can change our nation forever. We used a few printouts to consider this; you may download them at our Declaration page in the First Principles section.

After taking turns reading the Declaration out loud, the reasonable response quickly came: “This sounds like today.” Interestingly, we’re not the only ones to have noticed—check out this revised Declaration of Independence (hat tip:

About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful…”

Perhaps the highlight of the discussion was President Coolidge’s address on the Declaration’s 150th Anniversary. Here’s its full text (PDF). Hopefully we’ll be delivering the same speech in 14 years on the Declaration’s 250th Anniversary as well.

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