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Leading by Example: The Declaration of Independence

Recorded on July 4, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

America 's Founding Fathers were unique revolutionaries.

Today's revolutionaries often appear overcome with anger, with an unkempt appearance, and an emphasis on actions, not words.

It's not always clear what they want, whether it be an Arab Spring protestor or someone in the Occupy movement who is jealous that some people have more than others.

America 's Founding Fathers were different. They emphasized principle, not anger. They wanted an orderly society. They felt obligated to explain themselves. They respected the opinions of others, and they hoped that a clearly-stated cause would rally others to join them.

So they wrote in the Declaration of Independence, "a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes" which led them to rebel against King George III.

They changed the world by setting an example of principled behavior; we need more of that today.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.