On 4 July 1776 there was laid before the Congress of the United States of America the now famous Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson (below – click to see whole document). It remains to my mind, beyond the Bible and its Judeo-Christian Principles, the single most profound document underpinning the principles of Western Civilization as we understand it today. I give credit to my mentor in the 1970s for making me aware of its significance. He was and still is the very embodiment of the Good American, the perfect ambassador for his country. And, yes, he is a Democrat who voted for Reagan.
It seems to me only right that on this night before a momentous decision that will affect the Western World for the next several decades I should quote to Americans as a nation the preamble of this key document of the founding of their nation. I do this because I believe them to be in serious need of being reminded of why they exist as a country.
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.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
As someone who cannot vote for a president of your country, but who lost the Western Christian country of his father in 1994 because you voted for Bill Clinton in 1992, and who had to watch a convicted criminal who presided over the murder of eighteen of my countrymen be welcomed by Black Churches in your country under Barack Obama, I ask you to think carefully about what you are about to do.
There was a time when America was the unquestioned Leader of the West. Your people and your country had earned that respect the hard way in WWII. My family fought on your side in that war. My father-in-law protected your troops from the air in that war. The day after the 9/11 attacks an Arab observer said, “We shall now see whether the United States is a Great Power or only a Superpower“. You are now a Superpower; sort of. Your leadership is being rejected by most countries you have involved yourselves in since 1992. Your friends no longer trust you. You cannot be relied upon. Your enemies do not respect you. Some openly mock you. You can directly thank Bill Clinton and Barack Obama for that.
I care deeply about what happens in the United States, because the rest of us flutter in the wind behind your country’s motion. I care even more deeply about the fate of the Western World, of which you still consider yourself the leader. I, for one, believe your government has become “destructive of these ends”, possibly because the powers vested in or assumed by your president have finally allowed such a development. I therefore call upon you to read the above words one more time and ask yourself whether you are voting for the right person or party.
May God help you…… and the rest of us Westerners who have to sail in your wake.