“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…” Excerpt From The Declaration of Independence.
The founding fathers declared that the purpose of all governments was to to secure certain rights that were given to all people at birth by their creator. Since this causes an issue for people who do not believe in creationism, the term “Human Rights” is used today. Never the less, they crafted the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights not to secure the rights of the population of other countries but the rights of the citizens of the United States of America and to it’s welcome guests who have been granted the legal status to live among it’s citizens. Among these rights is the right to life. Not just to live as in not die, but secure a quality of life needed so that there would be no reason for the life of any citizen to be disrespected, degraded, or oppressed in the eyes or actions of another.
It is impossible to continue discussing the human right to life without addressing the elephant in the room which is the issue of slavery. The wording of the first draft to the Declaration of Independence included the following text, “he (King of England) has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. this piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain. determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold…” Three southern states objected to this clause and since congress had previously agreed that the declaration must be unanimous among the states (or else King George would have reason to dismiss the document as not truly representing all the colonies,) the text was dropped. As many things the founding fathers got right, our country would pay a terrible price of over a half a million deaths around 85 years later in a brutal civil war to correct this injustice. Even then, although the civil war corrected the federal constitution regarding slavery in the 13th amendment, it did not and could not correct the issue of racism at the state and local levels of government that was to follow.
The Jim Crow laws were a collection of state and local statutes that legalized racial segregation and various other forms of oppression. These laws flourished for another 100 years. culminating with the Civil Rights movement which motivated the federal government to intercede and end the these racist laws of state and local governments. This included the integration in the military in 1948, the end of segregation in 1954, and finally striking down the Jim Crow laws themselves in 1964. In 1965, the Voting Rights Act ended efforts to keep minorities from voting and discrimination in renting and selling homes followed in 1968.
The progress within the Unites States to uphold the values declared in 1776 regarding our government’s attempts to secure the right that “all men are created equal” has been slow, costly, painful and sadly is not yet over. The Federal Government cannot hold to its promise to secure the rights of life and liberty without insuring justice when these rights are violated. Justice demands both correction, restoration, and restitution. While the pursuit of correction and restoration has certainly made progress, the issue of restitution remains at large. The problem is there no one group of people who can be identified as victims in this matter. There were white slave owners. There were black slave owners. There were Native American slave owners. In fact, slavery among the Native American tribes did not end in 1865 as with the rest of the country. A separate treaty to end slavery came later. Conversely, there were black slaves and white slaves. It is estimated that out of every 5 slaves 1 was white. There were also Native American slaves as well as other ethnic groups. Immigrants from China, Mexico, and Europe were systematically placed in bondage, often by their own people. The point is that no one group can be identified as the victim of slavery and no one group can be identified as the guilty party. So how then can legal restitution come about in this matter? In truth, it can’t.
Does this mean our federal government has not been guilty of crimes against the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Of course not. Is this government still negligent in areas to secure the unalienable rights of its citizens in areas including basic needs such as housing, food, care for the sick and elderly, protection, free speech, and the right to pursue happiness and prosperity?” The answer is “YES.” This begs the next question, “How do we solve this most important issue?” Will the overthrow of our government consisting of a constitutional based republic and replacing it with some form of socialist mandate solve this problem? History including Russia, China, Venezuela, Cuba, and others, shouts from the highest mountain peaks “NO!”
Then what is to be done? The first step is a call to prayer, as it is written, “(if) My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 Official “Call to Prayer Proclamations” from leaders of the federal, state, and local governments have been frequent during some of it’s darkest hours, including during the revolutionary war, the drafting of the constitution, and during the civil war just to mention a few. Also proclamations of prayer to thank God for all He has done for this nation which is why we celebrate Thanksgiving today. The second step is for the government to reactively and proactively acknowledge a list of unalienable rights to life that need to be secured for its citizens, both those that have already taken actions to secure, and some that still need work. The same dedication on behalf of the government to secure these rights should be taken as it took to go to the moon. Third, schedule public debates between rational, knowledgeable, and sensical representatives of the house, senate, and executive branch on how to address these issues. Fourth, we as individuals must forgive the sins of our nation so that we may be forgiven of our own sins. Only then can our nation put the issue of slavery behind us and move forward.
Ultimately, we all manifest the God we serve. The only way evil can win is if good people stand by and do nothing. May The God of Israel Bless The United States of America. – Michael Okulski.org Praise Yah!