United States History.
“Revolt is the right of the people”
The history of the United States has become a source of some confusion. This confusion is in part a political attempt by everyone with a political bent. My goal here is to remove the politics of our history, and leave it up to you to draw your own conclusions.
To pick a starting point can be difficult. There is no doubt that the history of the United States is connected to the ideas of Greece and Rome. But that also pertains to the history of many other nations as well. There were other influences that were more contemporary and recent in the knowledge of the founders.
“Dare to think for yourself.”
The ideas that eventually led to the creation of the United States were born during the Scientific Revolution of the 1600's. The Scientific Revolution revolved around free thinking. This meant that the primary thinkers of the time rejected the limitations placed on free thinking by Government. It was this idea of free thinking that led to ideas incorporated into the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. The founding of the United States involved men who were well read, and fully aware of the writings during the Scientific Revolution. They were also part of the Enlightenment.
“God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we are all familiar with the first book he wrote, namely Scripture. But he has written a second book called creation.”
There is no doubt that the United States was founded on Judaeo-Christian values. However, the founders realized that for a society to live in peace there must be religious tolerance. This religious tolerance is the key to individual liberty. The idea of individual liberty is a key concept in Judaeo-Christian thinking. Free will is the gift God gave man. Everything in our Constitution is to protect the free will of society from the encroachment of Government.
“Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.”
When Thomas Jefferson was writing the Declaration of Independence there is no doubt that the significance of what he was doing was foremost in his mind. He was taking a theory and putting his life, and the life of his fellow Americans in jeopardy. Even though the details of how to make a government in which the people were the sovereign power had not been worked out, he had faith that the people could create a free nation. This notion created not just a firestorm in America, but also throughout the world.
“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...”
Declaration of Independence
This is the basis of America. The cause of everything beautiful, and ugly about our society. There are no perfect societies, but of all the ones I have been exposed to, the United States is a much more perfect society. A society where you are free to be who you want to be.
Of course nothing is that simple. The second post of this series will delve into the complexities of forming a Government around a theory.