1951 THI REGISTER -NEWS — MT VERNON. ILLlNOfS iter ? How many Independence Days have we left? "We hold these truths to he self-evident! that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator veUh' certain unalienable right* j that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, That to secure these rights, governments arm Instituted among men, deriving their fust powers from the consent of the governed* Immortal words from the Declaration of Independence, adopted on tht flrtt 4th of July, jutt 175 yews uo. -M.HESE WORDS are the stones upon which man built history's greatest work — the United States of America. Remember them well! ...all men are created equal ..." That means you are at important in the eyes of God as any man ever brought into this world. You are made in His image and likeness. There is no "superior" man anywhere. ... they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalien able rights.. ." Here is your birthright - the freedom to live, work, worship and vote as you choose. These are rights no government on earth may take from you. ,. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men ..." Here is the reason for and the purpose-of government. Government is but a servant — not a master — not a giver of anything. ... deriving their just powers from the consent of the got' erned. .." In America, the government may assume only the powers you allow it to have. It may assume no others. From Concord to Korea, your kinsmen have fought and died for the principles of America's Declaration of Independence: belief in God... belief in the God-given rights of man. .. belief that man is more important than government...belief in the vital need for morality in all man does. But on this Independence Day, as never before, these beliefs are in deadly peril. There are people in Arrierica who would deny your God- given rights, who prefer expediency to morality, and who would make government the master — not the servant — of man. These people are the advocates of an all-powerful, all-providing socialistic government, to control your destiny from cradle to grave. The time has come to answer them with your own "Declaration of Independence"... Declare that government is responsible TO you— rather than FOR you. Declare that freedom is more important to you than "secu> rlty" or "survival." Declare again that the rights God gave you may not be taken away by any government on any pretext. Our founding fathers accepted the truths of America 's Declaration on faith alone. Today, our nation is proof — absolute and irrevocable — that these truths work. They are the last great hope for the protection of human civilization.- FREEDOM NEEDS YOU On this 175th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, help give the day the spiritual, religious meaning it had to the founding fathers. Renew your faith and allegiance to the immortal truths stated in the Declaration. Make them an active part of your thinking, your acting, your voting. Pray for help in maintaining man's closeness to God, in preserving man's God-given rights and responsibilities against those who would make you dependent upon a socialistic, all-powerful government. ILLINOIS POWER CO. .. wt necjd only to recall that the substance of (America's) formula is continuous, strict of fovernment. Neither the peril of war nor the promise of welfare must ever serve to relax any Him of tWt formula .. From "The Key to Peace" by Dean Clarence Manion, College of Law, Notre Dame University, published by Thi Hintigt Foundation, This advertisement Is published by Illinois Power Company in the interest of doing its part to preserve for the future— the freedom and independence which, over the yeara, have made this country the greatest on earth, and Ite people the •oil prosperous.
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