With Barack Obama twice recently editing out of the Declaration of Independence the word “Creator,” it should be clear to all Americans that he doesn’t approve of the nation’s founding document in its entirety.
The most familiar passage of the Declaration is the part that says: “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.”
It is the creed upon which America was founded. It is what sets America apart from the rest of the world. It is the nation’s mission statement. It is the cornerstone upon which the Constitution rests.
Strike one word, however, and it changes the meaning significantly.
That’s what Barack Obama is trying to do – and he’s not alone. It seems there is a concerted effort to rewrite America’s historical documents, not just rewrite history, but actually change the words spoken and written by our forefathers.
As WND reported recently, the American Constitution Society is distributing copies of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address minus the words “under God.”
I don’t think so.
These are willing and conscious acts by people determined to minimize God in the public square. Why? Well, maybe they hate God. But a more likely reason is they want people worshipping government not God.
Obama wants Americans to believe they are just “endowed with certain unalienable rights.” Presumably, he’d like them to believe the government endows them with their rights just like they endow them with health care and jobs and education and, in Obama’s worldview, everything.
But what government gives it can take away.
The founders knew this, and they set out to make it clear that our rights descend from God Himself – not government edicts.
I’m not at all surprised by Obama’s effort, only by his boldness. Did he think we weren’t going to notice?
If you have been reading this column faithfully for the last year or so, you will recall that I have been focused on the importance of the Declaration of Independence like a laser beam. It is the central theme of my latest book, “The Tea Party Manifesto,” which came out on July 4, Independence Day, America’s birthday.
The Declaration of Independence is America’s birth certificate. It is the document that explains why each of us is eligible for “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” – because we were created by God in His own image.
Obama doesn’t like it. He no more wants Americans reading the Declaration of Independence than he wants them seeing his own birth certificate. He prefers distributing edited versions of both documents.
But I like the Declaration of Independence just the way it is.
I believe every American should, since it is the nation’s mission statement. If an American doesn’t love and revere the Declaration of Independence, they should have one option, in my opinion – find another country.
There is no process for amending the Declaration, as there is with the Constitution. The Declaration is different. It’s an oath. It’s a creed. It’s a vow. It’s the basis for who we are as a people. If some prefer to live under tyranny of one sort or another, there are more than enough nations in the world willing to accommodate them.
But there is only one United States of America and one Declaration of Independence.
Who endowed Obama with the right to tamper with it?
Can someone in the White House press corps please ask him that question?
Does he expect us to believe he just forgot the most famous words of the Declaration of Independence?
What was he trying to say when he left out the word “Creator”?
Can we believe a man who would do that about anything?