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1776 Report - The Meaning of The Declaration

February 04, 2021 Jeff Dowdle
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1776 Report - The Meaning of The Declaration
Feb 04, 2021
Jeff Dowdle

This is the second episode of our bonus episodes regarding the 1776 Report.

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Welcome to the live shoot podcast. My name is Jeff This is the second episode of our bonus episodes that we're doing on the 1776, a report. If you have not. Listened to the introduction I encourage you to do so go back. This one is entitled. The meaning of the declaration. The United States of America, is that in most respects a nation like any other, it embraces that people who inhabit the territory governed by laws, administrator by human beings. Like other countries, our country has borders, resources, industry, its cities and towns. Farms in factories, homes, schools, and houses of worship. And although I, relatively young country, people have shared a history of common struggle and achievement. Carving communities out of the vape fast untangled. Ernest winning independence and forming a new government through Wars, industrialization, waves of immigration, technological progress, and political change. In other respects. However, the United States of unusual it has a Republic that is to say it's government was designed to be directed by the will of the people, rather than the wishes of a single individual or a narrow class of elites. Republican republicanism is an ancient form of government, but one uncommon throughout the history in part, because of its fragility, which has tended to make Republic short-lived contemporary Americans tend to forget how historically rare Republican that is, has been. In part, because of the success of Republican in some of our time. Which is derived in no small part from the very example in success of America and to decisive respects, the United States of America is unique. First has a definitive birthday, July 4th, 1776. Second it declares from their moment of its founding. Not merely the principles on which this new government will be based in a search these principles to be true and universal quote applicable to all men. And all times unquote, Evelyn can said. Other nations may have birthdays for instance, of what would eventually evolve into the French Republic. Was born in 1789 one. Pre pretty themes storm to Haiti prison and lodge the downfall of the French martyr. And it's a restrict aristocratic publishing. The people's Republic of China was born in 1949 when miles. Tongues Chinese communist party. That faded the nationalists in the Chinese civil war, but price in China have nations as people in cultures inhibiting. Spin it happening specific territories stretched back countries and even millennia over the course of many governments. There was no United States of America before July four, 1776. There was not yet formally speaking and American people. There was their words, dead living in the 13 British colonies in North America, some two and a half million subjects of distant King. Those subjects became, became my people by declaring themselves such. And then by winning the independence they had deserted. Asserted as their right. They made that assertion on the basis of principle, not blood or kinship. Or what we might call it ethnicity. Get this back must be properly. Understood. As John Jay explained in Federalist, too. Providence has been pleased. Has been placed has been pleased to give the, this one. Con connected country to one United people. If people descended from the same ancestor, speaking the same language, professing, the same religion. Attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs and who by their joint. Council's arms and efforts fighting side-by-side throughout a long and bloody war, have no blue established general Liberty and independent yet as Jay and all of that, all the founders well knew the newly formed American people were not quite as homogeneous and ancestry language, religion, as the statement would seem to assert they will neither wholly English nor wholly Protestant, nor hopefully Christian. Some other basis we'll have to be found and assertive to bind the new people together and do which they would remain attached if they were to me. Eight people. That basis was the assertion of universal and he turned principles of justice and political legitimacy. But this too was must be qualified. Note that Jay lists six factors. Binding the American people together of which principal is only one. The most important or the size of one, but still only one and insufficient by itself. The American founders understood that for republicanism to function and endure a Republic, people must share a large measure of commonality in manners, customs, language, and dedication to the common good. All States, all governance, make some claim to legitimacy. That is an argument for why their existence. Specific form or justified some dismiss, all such claims to legitimacy as false. Advanced. To fuel. The fool ruled into believe behaving that their rulers actions are justified when in fact those actions only serve private interests at a few. But no actual government understands itself this way, much less makes such equipment cynical claim in public. All actual governments, whether understand themselves as just an assert, a claim as to why at the time of the American founding, the most widespread claim was like form of the divine right. Of Kings. That is to say the assertion that God appoints some men or some families to rule and can see consigns the rest to be ruled. The American founders rejected that claim as the 18 charges leveled against King George and the declaration of pendant make clear our founder or founders considered the British government. The time to be oppressive and unjust. They had no wish to replace the arbitrary government. Of one tower with that of another. More fundamentally having cast off their political connections to England. Our founders needed to state a new principal, a political legitimacy for their new government. As the declaration of independence puts. It a quote, decent respect in the opinions of mankind. Unquote required them to explain themselves and justify their actions. They did not merely wish to assert that they disliked. Borchulle and so replacing it with something that they liked better, that he wished to say justification for their actions and for the government to which it would give birth. That is both true and moral, moral, because it is faithful to the truth about things. For two justification could only be found in the precepts of nature. Specifically human nature, assessable to the human mind. But not subject to the human oil, these precepts. Whether understood as created by God or simply as eternal arm, given that man to not bring into being and cannot change. It's the declaration of speaks of both the laws of nature and the natures of God. Nature of God. It appeals to both reason and revelation. That's the foundation of the underlying truth of the document claims and for the legitimacy of these. Of this new nation. The core assertion of the decoration and the basis of the founders' political thought is that all men are created equal and the principle of equality. The requirement for consent naturally follows. If all men are equal. Then some may be. Right. Right rule on other, without his consent that, that assertion. That all men are created equal must also be properly. Understood. It does not mean that all human beings are equal and wisdom, courage, or any of the other virtues and talents that God and nature. Distributed unwavering unneedingly among the human race. It means rather than human beings are equal in the sense that they are not by nature divided, then cast which natural rulers in the rules. Thomas Jefferson liked to paraphrase the Republican political thinker outrun in Sydney. The mass of mankind have not been born with saddles on their backs. More, they overfeed, booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately by the grace of God. And quote, superiority of talent. Even superior, a superior ability to rule. Is not a divine natural title of warrant tool. Got George Washington, surely one of the noble. The state's ever lit, never made such an outlandish claim. And indeed vehemently rejected such assertions made by others about him. As Abraham Lincoln would later explain. There was no. Urgent need for the founders to a certain, to a quote. Merely revolutionary document uncle, this quote, pep Stripe truth, epical to all men and all times then quote. They could simply have told the British came. They were. And left it at that. I think our Cisco for the decoration. So that its principles would serve as a rebuke. And stumbling block to the varying harbingers of reappearing, tyranny, and oppression. The finale of the truth that all men are created equal was intended to make impossible any return to formal or legal inequality. Weather too. Whether to older forms, such as absolute markers are hereditary. Air aristocracy. Or. As yet. And imagined forums we have seen in more recent times. Natural quality requires not only the consent of the government, but also the recognition of fundamental human rights, including, but not limited to do life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as well as the fundamental duty or obligation of all to respect the rights of others. The rights are found in nature and are not created by man or government. Run our main Creek governments to secure natural rights. Indeed. The very purpose of government is to secure these rights. Which exist independently of government, whether government recognizes them or not a bad government. Made a night. But Matt ignore natural rights and even prevent their exercise in the real world, but it can never negate or eliminate them. The principles of the declaration or unique any tunnel yet? They were asserted by a specific people for a specific purpose and a specific circumstance. The general principles stated in the document, explain, and just by the founders particular actions and breaking off from great Britain. And also explain the principles upon which they would build their new government. These principles apply to all man. But the founders acted too. I could to secure only American rights and not those of all mankind, the world is still involved as being divided into nations. Not all of which respect the right of their people though. They should. We can find finally the difficulty that the eternal principles. L L L elucidated in the, that decoration or stated and became the basis for actual government. Only a relatively short time ago yet if these principles are both internal and assessable to the humankind, human mind, they were there. They, why were they not discovered an acted upon before 1776? In a sense, the precepts of the American owners. Corn on the prior thinkers, but those things are stated them entirely different terms to fit the different political and intellectual circumstances of their time. For instance, ancient Colossae. Phosphors appear to teach that wisdom is a genuine title to rule. And that is it that in a decisive respect, all men are not created equal. Yeah. They also teach that it is all but impossible for any actual living man to obtain genuine with him. Even if wisdom. Legitimate title her rule. Yep. Perfect with them. Is unattainable by any living then? No, man is by right the ruler or of any other, except by their consent. More fundamentally by the time of the American founding political life in the West head. Undergone to momentum changes. First width of this. The. That the, uh, Sunrun of civil from religious. With the advent and widespread adoption of Christianity. The second one minute has changed with the emergence of multiple denominations within Christianity that undid Christianity. And in turn greatly undermined political unity, religious differences between sources of political conflict. Became sources of political conflict and war. It's discussed burglar and appendix to it was in response to these fundamental new circumstances that the American founders developed the principles of religious Liberty. All the founders' principles. Are both true and eternal, they cannot be understood without also understanding that they were formulated by practical men to solve real problems for the founders solution to these problems. And we must turn to the constitution. That is in the section two section three, which we will do later. It's a constitution principles. Thank you. And I'll talk to you later. formed by president Trump. In September of 2020 and the purpose of the commission. Was too. Enable a rising generation to understand the history and principles of the founding of the United States in 1776 and to strive to form a more perfect union. The. This was really a response to the 1619 report that came out in the New York times, which basically said our country was founded in 16, 19. And that's when the first slaves were brought over and the. Our country was terrible because that we led the way in slavery across the world. And that our country is formed on slavery. And so the president form this commission to give him more. Correct. Version of our, of our founding and what our founding fathers intended and the report was released in January. Actually January 18th, 2021. And was removed on January 21st by president Biden, just as soon as he came into office. So you can still get the report out there in the PDF form and multiple. Formats and multiple locations, but I thought I would start and just create an, an audio record of the report that people could easily listen to that their convenience, and just get another way to get this report shared out there to the masses, because I think it's something that's very important and that we need to continue to educate our children about the true history and founding of our country. So we're going to start with the introduction today, and we're gonna work through the report over the next Two weeks. A section by section. So here we go. In the course of human events, they're always been those who deny or reject human freedom, but Americans will never falter in defending the fundamental truths of human Liberty proclaimed on July 4th, 1776. We will, we must always hold these truths. The declared purpose of the president's advisory 1776 commission is to enable a rising generation to understand the history and principles of the founding of the United States in 1776 and to strive form a more perfect union. This requires a restoration of American education. Which could only be grounded on a history of those principles that is accurate, honest. Unifying inspiring and enabling. And the rediscovery of our shared identity rooted in our founding principles is the path to renewed. American unity and I confident American future. The commission's first responsibility is to produce a report summarizing the principles of the American founding. And how those principles have shaped our country that can only be done by truthfully recounting the aspirations and actions of the men and women. Who sought to build America as a shining city on a Hill. And it doesn't probably nation one that protects the safety and promotes the happiness of its people. As an example, to be a Meyer and emulated by nations of the world that wish to steer their government toward greater Liberty and justice. The record of our founders, striving at the record of, of our founders striving and the nation they built is our shared inheritance and remains a beacon. As Abraham Lincoln said, not for one people or one time, but for all people for all times. Today, however Americans are deeply divided about the meaning of their country, its history and how it should we govern? The, this division is severe enough to call the mine. The disagreements between the calmness and King George and those between the Confederate and union forces in the civil war. They amount to a dispute over not only the history of our country, but also is present purpose and future direction. The facts of our family are not partisan. They are a matter of history. Controversies about the meaning of the founding can begin, begin to be resolved by looking. At the facts of our nation's founding properly understood these facts, address the concerns and aspirations of Americans of all night, of all social classes, income levels, races, and religions, regions, and walks of life. As well, at least facts provide necessary. And why is cautious against unrealistic hopes and checks against pressing partisan claims of utopian agendas too hard or too far? The principles of the American founding, can we learn by studying the abundant documents contained? In the record read fully and carefully. They show how the American people have ever pursued freedom and justice. Which are the political conditions for living well to learn the history is to become a better person, a better citizen. And a better partner in the American experiment of self-government. Comprising actions by imperfect human brings. The American story has its share of missteps errors, contradictions and wrongs. These are all names have always met resistance from the clear principles of the nation. And therefore our history is far more. One of self sacrifice, courage, nobility America's principles are named at the outset to be both universal applying to everyone, any terminal existing for all time. They're remarkable. American story unfolds under and becomes of these great principles. Of course neither America nor any other nation has perfectly lived up to universal truths of equality, Liberty justice. And government by consent. But no nation before America ever dared state these true those truths at the formal basis for his politics. And none has strived harder or done more to achieve them. Lincoln aptly described the American government's fundamental principles as a standard maximum. For free society, which should be familiar to all and revered by all constantly look to constantly labor for an even though never perfectly attained, constantly approximated, but the very attempt to attain them every attempt to attain them. Would Lincoln. Constantly spread and deepen the influence of these, these principles and augment the happiness and value of life to all people of all colors everywhere. The story of America is a story of a nibbling struggle. The president's advisory 1776 commissioned presents this first report. With the intention of cultivating a better education among Americans. And the principals in history of our nation and hope that it rediscovery of these, of those principles in the forms of constitutional government. Will lead to a more perfect union. Next episode will be the meaning of the declaration.