Power of words

San Luis ObispoJanuary 17, 2013 

Words only mean what we agree they mean. This assertion is for the reader to ponder.

Words were used to give us our Independence in 1776, and they were wonderfully inspiring at the time. They rang as the truth: All men are created equal, and have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. With these words, the entire world came in response to the American Revolution. America was founded on these words.

It was the power of truth manifested in the heart that gave a man inspiration to be a man, and stand alone if necessary, even to die on a cross of bitter rejection by lesser men if necessary, for his rights and the rights of all men. This is the violent power of the truth. But words only mean what we the people of this generation agree they mean.

Do the words of the Declaration of Independence ring true in your ear today? I think this is what Fareed Zakaria is trying to say about our American Constitution, when he suggests that we should re-evaluate it. If this is so, we should give him an audience. To censor the man before we hear him is not right.

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