On Nov. 6 I posted what was titled “Birth of Texas Independence Movement” [“Postmarks
” online]. I then posted a clarification of the original statements, prefaced by the observation that a more apt moniker might be “Texas Independence Manifesto.” (Texas only has relevance because this writer lives here; rather than being “central” to North, Central, and South America, Texas demarcates approximately the northern third.)
The core of the manifesto is that every person in the world has the same unalienable rights which our Founding Fathers claimed for the colonists. Whether these rights originate from God or existence itself is not as relevant as the premise that they do not originate from man or his governments. Thus, they cannot be justifiably withheld by governments for any reason, war or civil strife notwithstanding.
Many wars have been fought to assert America’s “independence”: the 1812, the Civil, World War I, World War II, the Korean, (theoretically) the Vietnam, the Gulf, and the controversial invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. The American men and women who died or were maimed in these wars did so, earning our gratitude, to defend our independence and our Constitution. Yet again, that sacrifice in and of itself is not why we claim our unalienable rights (or only soldiers themselves could make that claim). These rights (life, liberty, pursuit of happiness) belong to every human being upon his or her birth onto our planet.
It is important to assert these rights now, for all, because they are a relatively new concept for mankind, and our nation is under great stress. As we embark upon new frontiers of global communication, we must carry these freedoms forward.
Veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era,
Kenney C. Kennedy