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The Creation of Our Nation, and How It Affects Us Today

On July 4th, 247 years ago, a monumental document was signed. The authors were men who had occupations such as law, business, farming, medicine, or ministry, and the purpose of the document was, in part, to explain and enumerate the colonist’s right to rebel against the British government and to establish their own. It makes sense, then, that there was a great deal of conviction behind this action, and much careful thought was put into the writing of this document. The truths and principles outlined in the Declaration of Independence have shaped the course of American history in many ways, and continues to shape much of the work that we do at NC Family. Let’s take a look.

The Foundation of 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.”

This document had to be concise, it had to be accurate, and it had to make its point in a powerful way. The fact that these were some of the lines that made it in the final draft speak to their importance in the eyes of the authors.

All Men are Created Equal

History has shown that whenever a group of people is seen as “less than” other groups, injustice and devastation abound. Our Founding Fathers had the foresight to acknowledge this as an integral part of the creation of a new country. While the execution of this principle was less than stellar (it took women and African Americans over 150 years to truly be seen as equal to others in the eyes of the government), this ideal is no less critical.

The Inalienable Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

The purpose of a government is to help its citizens thrive, and this is summed up perfectly in the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. While there are clearly limits to this right, it is an excellent basis for the purpose of a new government.

The Consent of the Governed

In stark contrast to a monarchy, America was always intended to be governed by the people. This is why we have regular elections. This type of accountability helps to keep leaders from assuming too much power and from failing to act in the best interest of the people they represent.

What This Means for NC Family

The stands that NC Family takes are based on many of the values expressed in the Declaration of Independence.

  • Sanctity of Life | The right to life is self-explanatory, but bigger than this, we believe that the unborn are just as much human beings as the rest of us and deserve equal rights and protections.
  • Parental Rights | We believe that it is the responsibility and right of parents to care for children, and the government should not interfere with this except in cases of abuse or neglect or harm.
  • School Choice | We believe that a part of liberty and pursuit of happiness includes the ability to choose the best educational environment for your child.
  • Women’s Sports | We believe that forcing women to compete against biological males is an infringement on their rights, such as in the case of Payton McNabb, who was severely injured while competing against a transgender-identifying volleyball player on the opposing team.
  • Protecting Children Suffering from Gender Dysphoria | We believe that allowing children to receive experimental transgender procedures is detrimental to their long-term health and happiness. In the words of our President, John Rustin, “Individuals suffering from gender dysphoria need support, they need compassion, they need care, but they don’t need irreversible surgeries and chemicals in their body.”

Finally, to go back to the part about the consent of the governed, this is where you come in. We highly encourage you to vote in every election you are able. We also urge you to actively and effectively engage and communicate with your elected officials once they are in office. Sharing your opinions about important issues is a vital part of how our elective form of government is intended to operate.

Happy Independence Day!!!

You can visit NC Family’s Action Center to learn more about how you can get involved.


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