the) said. I acl No. I.: "That all men are
created." There is ei Cod. in other words
God is the No. 1 fact of American life.
God exists; not as a matter of faith, if
you please, but as a matter of fact. Now,
that is a stipulation that goes into every
lawsuit that is tried in this country,
every right that is protected. The fact
of God is stipulated in the Declaration
No. 2. "We hold this truili to be self-
evident," they said. This is a fact: "Thai
all men arc created equal." Note that
precise expression, "created equal"; human equality.
Ilieil is tin- iiie.-l bedeviling phrase in
anybody's language. The Russians are
selling a brand of human equality around
the world and people are buying il by
the millions under lhe false pretense thai
everybod) can be made equal to just
eiu\l.oil\ else. They like that idea.
Whal i- tin' Facl about human equality? Here i- the stipulation, here in the
Ifecleireltion of Independence, il sa\s thai
ill me'u are created equal. All men annual In God's sight, in other words;
and for lhat reason, they eire equal before the law ..I the land, because if I
have learned anything about iln- law of
•lie land in nn brush wilh il for many
years, I bene' concluded lhal the law ol
'liis land, if il is any law at all, is merely
a projection of lhe law of God. Equality
before Coel and equality before the law,
and beyond thai inequality in every conceivable wen. Thai is the stipulation of
fact in the' Declaration ..I Independence.
I In- inequality of human nature is
providentially designed; il is not accidental. It is a part of the natural law.
I In' stipulation of ibis fact in lhe Dec-
'iireition of Independence lias a sj^nih-
'leiee' Ilieil eill e.f us have' overlooked for
years. Here is the refutation of ihe So-
'iali-l Communist contention, and hen's oi I the cornerstones of the republic.
•"nl then mu skip on lo lhe oilier stipulation : human rights.
I he) have been wrestling with an international covenanl in ihe I N ever since
lhe) gol together. What rights men have.
'" nn. anil so forth.
We'll, the Founding lathers disposed
"f that. Factually, for lhe record and for
Posterity, the) -aiel. "We hold this truth
'» be self-evident."
Nee. 3; Ilieil eill men an' endowed, not
"v iln- state or the Constitution or the
''ill of Rights. All men an' endowed bv
""'ii Creator wilh certain inalienable'
"gilts; h\ their Creator, by God. And
'Jnongsl these i- life and liberty. It is
"gnificanl lhal life and liberty are
felled oul. ll is significant here lhat life
* iusl a- important as liberty, and lib-
"r|v i- just as importanl as life in this
''" ll111< r11.
i" on recall an important time in Amer-
"•iii histon when Palriok Henry said.
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Independence Hall, Philadelphia, where the Constitution of the United States was framed.
"Cive me libert) or gi\c me death.
He was not being oratorical; he was
being factual. He weis speaking in tin-
spirit of the Declaration of Iudepeiul-
Liberty is important. You can'l sell
liberty any more than you can sell your
life. Liberty can't be swapped for security or for anything else. It is a gift of
God that needs to be preserved.
\ml then finally the No. 4 fact, the fact
about government. The) said, "We hold
llii- truth to be self-evident, that to se-
emi' ilie-se- rights, to protect these gifts
..I God, governments arc instituted
among men. deriving their just powers
from the consent of the governed."
Government, in other words, is what?
Government is man's agent for the pro-
tection of God's gifts.
Government, nol a master, but ei servant.
Win is il ei servant ? Because we like
il thai win? It is a servant, logicall)
eiml inexorably, from the fact of the
matter. The facl of God puis government
ele.wn into subordinate sen ice.
II il ueisn I for the fact of God, govern-
nii'iit would be God, withoul limitation,
and that is win every tyranny thai ever
stalked the earth is godless and materialistic.
You ihink these are religious arguments. They are not. They are legal
arguments. There isn't any basis for tin-
protection of human rights except the
fact of God, the subordination of gov
How are you going to keep governmenl subordinated? How are vou going
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io keep ihi.- monster in subjection?
The) knew it weis ei monster; they
feared it. The Founding Fathers of thi-
republic shook with fear at the thoughl
and sighi of government.
Washington had a word for it. Wash-
ingtien saiel that government is like fire,
a dangerous servant, a fearful master.
Governmenl was never more accuratelv
described than that.
I remember it well, because in the fifth
grade' I had to write il 500 limes. I have
forgotlen what 1 did to earn the penance.
but I will never forget w hat I wrote, and
I wish m\ children had to write it 5,000
limes: "Government, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."
It is precisely like fire. The Founding
Fathers knew it. The) had seen the fire
of government sweep back and forth
across the human race for 6,000 years,
I.inning the God-given rights of man to
a crisp at least once in every generation.
The) resolved that il wouldn't happen
in America, and so they took this fire
which the) lighted in the Declaration of
Independence, and they tied it down bedim] iron walls and barbed wire entanglements. I hey encased it; they disbursed it; they checked and balanced it.
The) look the fire and distributed ii
llirough the towns and cities and parishes
of the states. They look a little bit of
the fire, a very little bit, and put it in a
place called Washington. D. C; and
wherever they put the fire of government, they checked and balanced it be-
tween the legislative, the executive, and
And whv did thev do all this? The)