From the Venerable Master (July, 2011)

posted May 22, 2015, 2:53 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 22, 2015, 2:54 PM ]

Hal Leister
Independence and Freedom

As we approach the month of July, our thoughts turn to the celebrations on the 4th of July, the birthday of the United States of America. The Masonic influences in the establishment of this nation become apparent by reviewing the Masonic affiliation of the founding fathers.
Some of the greatest names of the American Revolution were Masons, namely Ethan Allen, Edmund Burke, John Claypoole, William Daws, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, John Paul Jones, Robert Livingston, Paul Revere, Colonel Benjamin Tupper, and George Washington. Also, evidence of Masonic connections does exist for Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Daniel Webster. Fifteen of fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence were Freemasons or probable Freemasons.
The United States Declaration of Independences contains a sentence that has been called “one of the best-known sentences in the English language” and “the most potent and consequential words in American history”.
“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.”
This sentence represents a moral standard for which the United States has strived and continues to strive to achieve!
With the growth of our Government, our abilities to achieve greatness through improving our quality of life may be limited! The expansion of Government power is at the direct expense of individual freedom or one’s ability for pursuit of happiness. The Constitution gives the ultimate power to the people, who loan that power to the elected officials, but are our elected officials representing the people or is our Government dominating the people! 
Remember it is our Country; we must have the freedom to choose the services that best suit our own unique set of life styles. We should have freedom to make wise lifestyle choices that will enrich our lives. Let your voice and believes be heard; stand up for what you believe. As a Mason, become involved as our founding Fathers did when they provided a document that gave us freedom. Know the political issues, exercise your freedoms, and help keep the power within the people. Make a commitment to help find a balance between individual freedoms and public good!

Hal Leister  -  Venerable Master