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The Declaration Is Final

“About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers…

“The Declaration of Independence is the product of the spiritual insight of the people. We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all our material prosperity, overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren sceptre in our grasp. If we are to maintain the great heritage which has been bequeathed to us, we must be like-minded as the fathers who created it. We must not sink into a pagan materialism. We must cultivate the reverence which they had for the things that are holy. We must follow the spiritual and moral leadership which they showed. We must keep replenished, that they may glow with a more compelling flame, the altar fires before which they worshiped.”    —  Calvin Coolidge’s Speech on the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence

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  • John Venlet July 4, 2018, 9:51 AM

    Amen.

  • JiminAlaska July 4, 2018, 10:08 AM

    I echo Venlet’s Amen
    and add a hallelujah!

  • ghostsniper July 4, 2018, 11:33 AM

    Lotta “ifs” in that 1st paragraph.
    You know what they say, “If your aunt had balls she’d be your uncle.”

  • John Venlet July 4, 2018, 12:03 PM

    Lotta “ifs” in that 1st paragraph.

    That’s true, Ghostsniper, but only for one who wishes to deny the truth or the soundness of the statements following the ifs elucidated.

  • Old Surfer July 4, 2018, 12:08 PM

    The biggest “IF” is whether or not you accept the self-evident truths – if not, the whole project is humbug and we might as well give up right now. I believe in them and consequently will defend them.

  • ghostsniper July 4, 2018, 1:44 PM

    Ever notice how similar democracy is to communism?
    Or do you just focus on the minuscule things that are different between them?

  • Vanderleun July 4, 2018, 1:44 PM

    The use of “IF” is merely a common rhetorical device known as an “anaphora.”

  • Howard Nelson July 4, 2018, 5:54 PM

    Comparing democracy and communism, worldwide effects, past 100 years:
    Civilians deliberately killed by–
    Democracies — less than 0.5 million (international wartime bombings, primaily)
    Communism — more than 100 million ( peacetime + wartime)

    Emigrants fleeing from, due to actual persecution
    Democracies — a few hundreds ?
    Communism — multimillions

    Immigrants to, for a better life
    Democracies — 10’s of millions
    Communism — 10’s of ones

    The proof of preference is left to the student of pertinent values.

  • Gordon Scott July 4, 2018, 6:46 PM

    Ol’ Cal was an interesting guy. He sort of unbent more as he got older, but some things were unbendable, for him. He is not well known for spending a portion of every working day cutting the budget, line by line. He was good at it. The budget was lower when he left office than when he arrived.

  • ghostsniper July 4, 2018, 6:51 PM

    “The proof of preference…”

    It appears, Howard, that you prefer a velvet lining on your neck chain.
    If you defend death by any gov’t you defend death by every gov’t.
    http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NOTE1.HTM

    I’ll not be one of your approved victims.

  • azlibertarian July 4, 2018, 7:13 PM

    The only time that I’ve collected currency was when I was in college (1976) when the Federal Reserve re-issued the $2 bill. On the first day of issue, I bought 5 of them, a rather substantial portion of my monthly budget at the time, and stood in line at the Post Office to have a stamp and a postmark applied. I’ve still got them safely in my safe deposit box, for the day when they actually have some value.

    Of course, lots of folks did the same thing that I did that day, so collectors can have their pick of first-day-of-issue $2 bills. They’re only worth maybe $4 each today. Not to mention the value lost to 40+ years of inflation. Oh, well….it wasn’t the first less-than-wise investment I’ve made, and it won’t be the last either.

  • Chris July 4, 2018, 7:39 PM

    If you still have a “safety” deposit box for a rainy day or anything similar,then……

  • Howard Nelson July 4, 2018, 7:41 PM

    gs, it’s a cotton lining on a woolen scarf — prevents becoming stiff-necked and thereby viewing things in the wrong direction.
    I do defend necessary deaths by any nation defending its innocent own against murderous others. Let all citizens rein in their government representatives. Rights come with responsibilities and consequences. Vexation precedes retaliation.

    Liberty is most desirable and it’s adoption and just maintenance for all has problems, old and new, to be worked on forever.
    Democracy is a fine ideal and in practice is often corrupted by its government goons. And as long as the citizenry are fat, dumb, and happy things will get worse.
    Who cares enough?
    And to all the self-approved innocent victims, balms always.

  • teotoon July 5, 2018, 4:34 AM

    Democracy is not fine. It is mob rule. Since FDR, perhaps since Wilson, the meaning of the term democracy has come to mean socialism. The founding form of this nation’s government was a Republic.

  • BillH July 5, 2018, 7:38 AM

    I thought an anaphora was an ancient jar with a pointy bottom.

  • ghostsniper July 5, 2018, 8:51 AM

    Howard, that whole thing you typed (or copied and pasted) is a collection of random puzzle pieces that sounded clever to you at some point but you have no idea how they fit together or whether they fit together at all. Hint: They do not. Just a suggestion mind you, that you should spend some quality time alone with yourself thinking about this stuff, unless it really doesn’t matter. I suspect the latter. “Oh look, a squirrel!”

    “When the thug shoves that blade between your ribs do you really care what his religion is?”
    –gs, 2099

  • ghostsniper July 5, 2018, 8:51 AM

    Howard, that whole thing you typed (or copied and pasted) is a collection of random puzzle pieces that sounded clever to you at some point but you have no idea how they fit together or whether they fit together at all. Hint: They do not. Just a suggestion mind you, that you should spend some quality time alone with yourself thinking about this stuff, unless it really doesn’t matter. I suspect the latter. “Oh look, a squirrel!”

    “When the thug shoves that blade between your ribs do you really care what his religion is?”
    –gs, 2099

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