This July 4, Stand for the Unalienable Rights of the Hondurans
As I type this, millions of Americans are preparing picnic baskets and squeezing into swimsuits. They're packing their cars with coolers and beach chairs, smoothing on sunblock and tanning lotions, and heading out to their favorite parks or beaches and enjoying their holiday -- most widely referred to as the Fourth of July. There will be firecrackers and sparklers. Burgers and hot dogs and apple pies. Patriotic music and parades and fireworks.
Yet this holiday is officially "Independence Day." The birthday of our freedom. The day that we declared ourselves a nation, true and together and independent from foreign control. Sovereign.
Indeed, it is a great holiday, more than worthy of our festive commemoration.
Two hundred thirty-three years ago, when our forefathers declared themselves free, governments of other nations scoffed. The legalities of our declaration and subsequent actions were questioned. "Who are these audacious people? What right do they have to declare themselves autonomous, self-reliant, and self-governing?"
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 to 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.
As I type this, millions of Hondurans stand defiant. Like our forefathers centuries ago, Hondurans declared that as a people, as a nation, they refuse to have their freedoms trampled. They, through their government instituted amongst themselves, affirmed their independence from their own King George III.
And the world scoffs. Governments and leagues of governments parse words, question the "legality" of their declaration, isolate the country through economic means, and refuse to accept a decision taken by the elected representatives of the people of a sovereign, pluralistic, and democratic nation. Governments foreign to their own speak of "charters" and "proprieties" while the freedom and the certain unalienable rights of a people stand in the balance.