Happy Independence Day from CCDC

CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED

Today we celebrate the birth of our country. I hope you all have a beautiful day filled with family, friends and fireworks. As you are enjoying the day, please reflect again on these words from our Declaration of Independence:

“…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;

“—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed;

“—That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness….”

In previous readings, I have tended to focus on phrases like “self-evident truths” and “unalienable rights.” They are important and powerful, of course, but today, the phrase that struck me was “CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED.”

If we are unhappy with our government today, it is our duty, our obligation, to change it. It is our duty to VOTE. It is our duty to elect people who will be “most likely to effect [our] Safety and Happiness.”

Have a great day today. And let’s dedicate ourselves, starting now, to make sure November 6 is a day that will make us all proud.

Thank you.

Dick Bingham
Chair, Chester County Democratic Committee