The Declaration of Independence, which we celebrate today, was alluded to in last week’s marriage decision by the U.S. Supreme Court:
“This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.”
This remembrance of the “Revolution” expressed in Justice Scalia’s dissenting opinion, brings to mind these words from our Declaration of Independence itself:
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”
May each of us take some time today to reflect on how far the “train of abuses and usurpation” by our Supreme Court and federal judiciary must travel before we are willing to consider “new guards” for our “future security.”
Today let’s enjoy celebrating and giving thanks for our Independence. And tomorrow let’s rededicate ourselves to standing up for its preservation.