Introduction to Levelers
“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…”, but upon what or whom, do we, the governed, consent?
In this first sentence of the second paragraph of the US Declaration of Independence, it is strongly implied that the citizenry (ref. “the governed”) serve as a fourth branch of government. For without the consent of the governed, beholden to these words, no government “instituted among Men” have any power. On this understanding, it is right and proper that the citizenry, in order to conserve the vision expressed in this sacred document, actively be involved in all affairs associated with right and proper government. In order to actively be involved in these affairs, it is necessary to establish a dialogue that is fair, reasonable, compassionate, honest, diverse, and critical, yet understanding. A forum for a healthy discourse is necessary to leveling the playing field between the government and the governed. Levelers seeks to serve as such a forum.
Levelers is a blog site that takes a deep look at public policy and other legislative issues and is open to comments from visitors. It’s designed to offer more informed understandings of a variety of public policy issues effecting the every day lives of US citizens. By working together, visitors will be able to begin developing a more focused political discourse and offer unique perspectives for how specific legislative acts affect themselves and others.
Thank you for visiting Levelers. United we stand.
Michael D. Martin