"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...." (text bolded by this author. Click here for full document.)
"...From the consent of the governed..." That's us! That's the people! The Declaration of Independence clarifies that God has given man rights and the people instituted government. That's where the power lies...with the people of this government. I have read this paragraph dozens of times but it struck me today that the power comes from us. Let us not feel without influence. Let us not become trodden upon. It is our responsibility to stand up for what we believe in. This can be done by calling and writing representatives, exercising your right to vote, writing letters to the editor, etc. So speak up!