"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." (The Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies, July 4, 1776 - emphasis mine)
It is my sincere hope this planned set of articles will inspire a dialogue to explore the exceptional nature of The Unites States of America's Constitutional Republic. In the interest of, "Full Disclosure," I am the author of the sweeping historical fiction epic, Destination Hope, produced by OakTara Publishers. Destination Hope is a five book series set before, during and after the American Civil War when the American people put the proposition stated above, "all men are created equal," through a fiery trial. That was not the first time our United States Constitution - the only government foundational document designed to protect this unique idea - needed a voice for its defense. I suspect it will not be the last.
The first attack on the concept of self-governance occurred before the original thirteen states ratified it for themselves and their posterity. At that time, many of the Colonists were not convinced of our defining, self-evident truth. Many believed George Washington was a Gnostic who knew what was best for the nation and begged him to rule as king over the lesser people. Thankfully, Thomas Paine wrote, "Common Sense," refuting the corrupting-false concept of "Monarchy and Hereditary Succession." Furthermore, several founders gave us the Federalist papers (85 essays published between 1787 & 1788), which explained why the individual states should adopt the concept of forming a more-perfect Union. Compromises left the institution of slavery protected, which contributed to a national constitutional crisis resulting in the death of over 620,000 American men, women, and children between 1861 and 1865. Out of this crucible, the nation emerged with a new birth of freedom, defining Americans as people who love liberty - willing to lay down our lives to purchase freedom for those held in bondage in the great hope that by granting liberty to the captive we ensure freedom for the free.
Unfortunately, after a more-than hundred-year war waged in darkness, the enemies of our Constitution (Socialists, Communists, followers of Islam, Progressives, and Social Justice/Gospel advocates to name a few) have joined together to create chaos all around the world. Worse, domestic enemies have surfaced throughout our nation clamoring for class warfare and revolution spurred on by complicit educators, pop-culture icons, regulatory administrators, politicians and members of the media. These self-proclaimed, pedigree displaying, intelligentsia elitists have declared the Constitution and its founders no longer relevant to a modern world, proclaimed the document a fundamentally flawed piece of paper, demand that our outdated Republic yield to a pure Global Democracy, and for individual Americans to surrender our citizenship and sovereignty to enemies of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It is my opinion; The Constitution of the United States of America is the only government foundation document that stands in the way of oppressive and repressive totalitarian regimes: Theocracies, Monarchies, Elitist Oligarchies, and Social Democracies. Our Constitutional Republic guarantees the free expression of all ideas - even bad, stupid, illogical, immature, and evil ones. For me, I think the most important protection is that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has an equal seat at the table and voice in the marketplace of ideas.
So, let us start an open dialogue with question number 1, are all men created equal?