On the 4thof July this year, Speaker Gingrich wrote, “The Declaration of Independence was intended to be an official statement explaining why the 13 American colonies had declared their independence from Great Britain. In the years following its passage, however, this statement of principles about the rights of man grew to mean much more.”
The unique assertion that “All Men are created equal and are endowed …with natural rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, ” is possible solely because of the source of that endowment ‘by their Creator“! As Gingrich continues, ” The core contention of the Declaration of Independence and the principle of natural rights upon which America was founded is that there is a higher moral order upon which the laws of man must be based. The Declaration asserts the existence of “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God,” which had a clear meaning in 18th Century England and America. It referred to the will of God as displayed by the natural order of the world.
On three occasions in recent weeks the President has omitted the words “by their Creator” in his speeches. If these rights come from the government, the government can take them away. We must insist on that higher order if we are to keep the rights of Man from violation.