Jul 3, 2016
Recently I came across an article in which a person claimed the
United States was born out of rebellion. The implication being that
the beginning of our nation was somehow less than honorable. But
nothing could be further from the truth. In studying both history
and our founding documents, we discover that our founding fathers
were men of principle and spiritual conviction.
The Declaration of Independence is the founding document of the American political tradition. It articulates the fundamental ideas that form the American nation: All men are created free and equal and possess the same inherent, natural rights. Legitimate governments must therefore be based on the consent of the governed and must exist "to secure these rights."