Knowing and understanding the Declaration of Independence and its truth will set you free [John 8:32]
Clarence Manion, dean of the Notre Dame College of Law from 1941-1954, had this to say about the self-evident truths in the Declaration of Independence:
"Look closely at these self-evident truths, these imperishable articles of American faith upon which all our government is firmly bases. First and foremost is the existence of God. Next comes the truth that all men are equal in the sight of God. Third is the fact of God’s great gift of unalienable rights to every person on earth. Then follows the true and single purpose of all American government, namely, to preserve and protect these God-made rights of God-made man."
The Declaration of Independence states:
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 of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.