…”That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” — DOI
That one beautiful sentence of the Declaration of Independence best encompasses the ideal purpose for our government. It explains the philosophy of the Republic.
But the scariiest thought, then, is what secures that government? Anyone riddle me that.
On this 4th of July, at the Mount Rushmore celebration with President Trump, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s speech contained two words which stood out. Together she used the words “freedom and law.” I know it is three but using those two words combined seemed odd and I don’t remember anyone using them together just that way.
The point is we need both or we have anarchy. Much as we love freedom, we also need law. Government’s very purpose is to secure our rights, or liberty. She didn’t say that, I did.
Our laws are bound by way of the Constitution. Our Constitution is the supreme law of of the land. It sets our government but what actually anchors government is the people — “the consent of the governed.” That is where government “derives” its just powers.
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