56 – The number of men who signed the Declaration of Independence. They were men of means with much to lose in the way of comforts, property and family. Pledging their lives, fortunes and sacred honor, they boldly signed a document that meant no turning back, for they were signing a death warrant, as it were.
The King of England declared them traitors to the crown, eligible for the punishment dealt to traitors: the gallows.
We alive today, native born and recent immigrant, owe much to those 56. We are many; they were few. On this occasion I borrow from one of my heros of history, Sir Winston Churchill, who famously said of the flyers who defended Great Britain during the Battle of Britain.
Why Churchill? You may not know that his mother was an American. Therefore, he was as much a Son of Liberty, a direct beneficiary of the outcome of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 as any who reads this.
To my knowledge, The United States of America is the only nation on the face of the earth to which people from every other nation emigrate, legally or illegally.
“I, in my own mind, have always thought of America as a place in the divine scheme of things that was set aside as a promised land. It was set here and the price of admission was very simple: the means of selection was very simple as to how this land should be populated. Any place in the world and any person from those places; any person with the courage, with the desire to tear up their roots, to strive for freedom, to attempt and dare to live in a strange and foreign place, to travel halfway across the world was welcome here.” — Ronald Reagan, commencement address at Williams Woods College, June 1952
Over time, it is our human tendency to forget the past, to disregard history and to deny God’s divine role in government.
“…And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that “except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it…” — Benjamin Franklin, Constitutional Convention of 1787
Let’s be reminded of the source of our natural rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Atheists, agnostics and other Democrats deny the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Read the Bible. Join a Bible-preaching church. Read and Study the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Assume personal responsibility for the future of this great nation.
Those 56 signers, Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill all recognized the omnipotent role of God in government. I do, too.