He held up the Declaration as more than just words and yet for years the supreme court has manipulated the words of the Constitution (the law of the land) and misshapen their meanings into mere shells of the originalists intent.
He holds the Declaration up as the document that made us a beacon to the world while he ignores the Constitution which outlines the limits of federal government’s control over a free people. The Declaration of Independence was penned because of the abuse of power of King George III over the colonies attempts to live free of the Crown’s influence. This gave rise to the Declaration of Independence, a call to arms, to over throw the tyrannical crown.
The Constitution of the United States and its guidling principles are what built this great nation into a beacon of hope for the world. And to that ends Obama talked about newly created liberties not delieniated in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence. If he actually read either document perhaps he would see the hypocrisy of his own Presidency and especially of this 4th of July message from the White House balcony.