The source of legitimate authority is God, not man. This is the core truth declared in the American Declaration of Independence that makes it a transcendent proclamation for all men, for all time. Recognizing this truth renders abhorrent human authority assumed without the consent of those under its direction, as well as authority administered arbitrarily, indifferent to the God-given dignity of each and every individual.
Those who reject the notion of God, or of the supremacy of eternal truths over relative perceptions of reality, reject the Declaration. Indeed its authors cited the Almighty in four instances: “Nature’s God,” “their Creator,” ”Supreme Judge of the World,” and “Divine Providence.” For many in modern society, this is an unpalatable understanding of the Declaration. Therein lays the key to the anemic state of American liberty today.
A self-governing people who have lost sight of their Creator as the source of true authority will no longer look to themselves as the agents primarily responsible for their own welfare, but to that which most conspicuously claims the guise of authority: government. And government that has lost a genuine fear of the Supreme Judge of the World will not long tolerate limits placed on its authority; inevitably devolving into the very affront to human dignity the Declaration was authored to denounce: tyranny.
For those perplexed by intensifying objections to the current trajectory of government in America, reflecting on this may provide some insight.
Addendum: After having composed the above, we were enlightened by our dear friend, Mr. Jonah Goldberg, to what he considers, "just about the best thing ever written for or about Independence Day, save the Declaration itself." After reading it we quite agree and are pleased to learn that the thoughts of President Calvin Coolidge, some 84 years ago, so closely correspond to our own. Enjoy! Calvin Coolidge on the American Declaration of Independence.
A most heartfelt Happy Birthday America to you all!