John Quincy Adams had this message for Americans who would come after his generation: "Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it."
Are we making "good use of it"? Given what we tolerate 237 years after the Declaration of Independence it would seem not. Self-evident truths? What are they and who decides? The Supreme Court? Opinion polls?
Our Creator the source of individual rights? Our courts and culture regularly deny Him. The right to life? The Supreme Court has rejected that right for the unborn at any stage. Liberty? We are trading it for license. The right to happiness has been supplanted by a right to do whatever you want to do and all must approve.
Here's what another president, Calvin Coolidge, said about the Declaration of Independence: 'We cannot continue to enjoy the result if we neglect and abandon the cause."
Remember these quotes on this the 237th anniversary of our birth as a nation. Remember and respond accordingly.
I'm Cal Thomas.
Publication date: July 4, 2013