We learned at the recent Committee hearing in NH on CACR 32 that the US Constitution does not allow for dissolution of our union of States for any reason and that it is not even empowered to do so. Pursuant to the discussion of whether our Founders and those who fought in the War between the States would be proud or ashamed of the efforts of those behind CACR 32, we decided to do some research on our founding documents. We searched through the National Archives, old caverns, and dug through many historical sites. We were extremely surprised to find that there was actually a 2nd page of the Declaration of Independence, which apparently has never been made public. The following language is what was written on that 2nd page.
The assertions in the paragraph of the above document that begin with: “We hold these truths to be self-evident…”, are merely a hypothesis to be put to the test of war. Should we, Heaven forbid, not be victorious in this war or any other war, we concede the falsehood of these concepts and admit that men have no unalienable rights or right to secede and declare independence from tyranny, only retaining whatever rights are granted to them by their respective governments.
After finding this document and feeling very fortunate, and particularly intrigued by the often-made assertion during this hearing and at other times that the question of secession was decided in the 1860’s, we found ourselves looking at the Gettysburg Address. We looked through history books, combed through old sites surrounding the area, and spoke with many historians. Once again, we were stunned to find that the version of the Address handed down to us throughout history was not the same as the original version.
In the original version, the sentence actually read “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the elected, by the elected, for the elected, shall not perish from the earth”. Our shock at this revelation aside, we are gratified that this is more in line with the assertions of several ‘constitutional scholars’ at the hearing who told us that if we want to make changes in our government, we need to run for office and become part of the government. Apparently, those making this assertion that it is our elected representatives who can determine the future of our union and not those that they purportedly represent, were privy to the original version of the Gettysburg Address all along.