“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
These words, and the rest of the Declaration of Independence, still resonate today, 246 years after America’s Founding Fathers penned them, spelling out simple concepts that are too often hidden in the hearts of oppressed individuals around the world—that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The government may rule a land only through the consent of the governed, the declaration says, and in 1776, the people of this land no longer consented to British rule and declared independence.
It was no accident that after its inception, the United States quickly became a leader on the world stage. It is a direct result of the values espoused in the founding documents: the Declaration of Independence signed on July 4, 1776, and the U.S. Constitution signed on Sept. 17, 1787, according to Adam Waldeck, president of nonprofit advocacy organization 1776 Action that aims to stop anti-American indoctrination of children. The group was formed in response to President Joe Biden terminating the 1776 Commission after coming into office.
“They were revolutionary ideas that changed the world for the better, and that is what we celebrate on the Fourth of July. If we want to continue that tradition of freedom, human equality, and opportunity for everybody, we need to be teaching every generation the story of the country they live in,” Waldeck told The Epoch Times.
That includes lessons on founding documents and more.
“But there’s a very well-funded and organized effort all over this country, that has made way too much headway, in teaching young Americans that their country is bad, they shouldn’t be proud of it, that it’s unfair—and it’s a recipe for the country falling apart.”
Political leaders have long known that education is a way to steer the future.
By Beth Brelje