History has been defined, “Philosophy teaching by example.” There is no branch of litarature in a republic like ours, that the cultivated with more advantage to the general reader than history.
The American Revolution is undoubtedly the most intersting event in the pages of modern history. Changes equally great and convulsions equally violent have often taken place in the Old World, and the records of former times inform us of many instances of oppression, which, urged beyond endurance, called forth the spirit of successful resistance. But in the study of the event before us – the story of the Revolution – we behold feeble colonies, almost without an army – without a navy – without an established government – without a good supply of the munitions of war, firmly and unitedly asserting their rights, and, in their defense, stepping forth to meet an hostile army, the veteran troops of a proud and powerful nation. We behold too, these colonies, amidst want, poverty, and misfortunes, animated with the spirit of liberty and fortified by the rectitude of their cause, sustaining for nearly eight years, the weight of a cruel conflict upon their own soil. At length we behold them victorious; their enemies sullenly retiring from their shores, and these feeble colonies enrolled on the pages of history as a free, sovereign, and independent nation.
It has taught mankind that any oppression and misrule, under any government, tends to weaken and uulimately destroy the power of the oppressor, and that a people united in the cause of freedom and their inalienable right, are invincible by those who would enslave them.
In summary, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable right, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It doesn’t say that some people are created equal, nor a few people are created equal, but definitely states “ALL MEN (WOMEN) ARE CREATED EQUAL”.
It also doesn’t say only Christians are endowed by their Creator, or only Catholics, or Protestants, Quaker’s, or Puritan’s are endowed by their Creator, but it definitely states “that they are endowed by their Creator (Whoever that creator may be). One of our basic freedoms gained from the Revolutionary war was the freedom to choose our own religion and that the government may not dictate one relligion over another to the people. Now it looks like we are beginning to see the United States reverse everything that our ancestors fought for by deciding who can be an American and who can’t be one based on your religion, the color of your skin, who you associate yourself with, the freedom to control your own destination, and the freedom to control your own body and self worth.