Richard Nelson: Declaration of Independence worth celebrating, but what are we fighting for today?

Richard Nelson: Declaration of Independence worth celebrating, but what are we fighting for today?

It was 242 years ago when America’s colonial leaders declared their independence from a tyrant who trampled their rights and usurped their self-rule. They outlined 27 specific violations citing a “long train of abuses” reaching back a decade to the Stamp Act and decided the relationship was irretrievably broken. So on July 4, 1776, the Founders formally separated from Great Britain and declared us a new nation. They fought for God-endowed human rights, “government by the consent of the governed,” and appealed to “the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions.” So as we watch the fireworks stream across the night sky to celebrate our independence, it’s worth asking: what are we fighting for today? Social indicators say we are at war with ourselves. According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control 19,362 Americans were murdered in 2016. Nearly twice as many— 44,965 people — took their own lives that same year, making suicide the second leading cause of death for 10-34-year-olds. Not all death is immediate. Some are killing themselves slowly through opioids and other deadly drugs. Illicit drug overdoses claimed 63,632 American lives in 2016. Nearly two-thirds were opioid-related. In comparison, between 6000-8000 American Patriots were killed during the Revolutionary War. An additional 17,000 died from disease. While Redcoats are no longer quartered in private homes and their muskets no longer threaten us, the battle over rights is fought on the domestic front. Today’s hottest controversies revolve around Constitutional issues of […]

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