20170702FBC [Independence Day]
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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 to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government…
We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown…(From the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776).
With these words, the colonies declared their intention to separate from Britain and establish a new government. But then, after the Revolutionary War had won the freedom of the American colonies,
The most senior officers [of the army] believed that the natural order of events was to decide who would become King of the new country. The senior military officers and civilian leadership consulted and concluded that Washington was the clear choice to be crowned King. When approached with the offer of a kingdom he was appalled but did not react with anger. Instead, he declined and tactfully suggested the populace would not accept the idea of a King of America. Shortly thereafter he turned the army back over to civilian control and retired from military service. (https://www.hcla.net/leadership-link/details/hcla-leadership-link-january-2014)
George Washington understood that America could not go back to the old way. The new piece of cloth could not be attached to the old garment. The new wine could not be poured into the old wineskins. He, along with the other founding fathers, understood that they had been set free from the tyranny of the past and they could not go back there.