Thursday, October 21, 2010

President Obama Omits Creator in Declaration of Independence Again

For the third time in just over a month, President Obama recited the most familiar part of the Declaration incorrectly.  The first time it happened, many thought it was just a coincidence, perhaps a teleprompter error. The fact that he has now repeatedly omitted the exact same words from the Declaration three times in a month leads me to conclude this is no accident.

The often-quoted, beloved, sentence, as written in the Declaration, reads:

When President Obama recites this famous sentence, he omits the phrase, “by their Creator.”  We could give him the benefit of the doubt, that he simply misspoke during these speeches. However, I have a difficult time following that logic since the President is generally recognized as an accomplished speaker, with many aides and speechwriters who without a doubt informed him of his omission the first and second times.

When a reporter asked Press Secretary Robert Gibbs about the President’s repeated omission of a reference to our Creator, Gibbs shrugged it off, "I haven't seen the comments, but I can assure you the president believes in the Declaration of Independence,"

Three times, President Obama has said, “that all men are created equal, endowed with certain unalienable Rights…” His omission begs the question, “Who endowed these rights on Americans?”  The word “endow” means to furnish, to provide, to supply; if men are “endowed” with certain unalienable rights –rights that cannot be surrendered, sold, or transferred to someone else – then who provided them?  When the President purposefully omits “by their Creator” from the Declaration of Independence, one of our most invaluable founding documents, it opens the door for his detractors to suggest he does not recognize the role of God in our country.

President Obama is on record that he believes the United States Constitution is fundamentally flawed.  In his speeches and writings, he clearly claims that the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties – stating only what the state and federal government can’t do, but not what the federal government must do. 

Reading and listening to his words, you come to understand that the President does not comprehend the beauty of natural law as a founding principle.  By omitting this vital part of our Declaration of Independence, the President commits a grave injustice to the basic ideas upon which we were founded.  For a government to express that its citizens are endowed with unalienable rights by God was revolutionary at the time.  Those words tell the world that all men possess natural rights that cannot be taken away by men or government.

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution go hand in hand first acknowledging the unalienable rights of the individual and then establishing a government to govern, respective of said rights.  Americans are raised with this belief of natural rights and take it for granted that they are independent of government. But, in order to place the correct value on our natural rights, we must understand where they come from.

Our Founding Fathers were not vague, they explicitly attributed our rights to God.  You cannot take our Creator out of the Declaration of Independence, our Constitution or our Founding without drastically altering our great nation. 

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