Friday, July 4, 2014

Red, White, and Blue


. . . 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

- The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

What are you doing today on Independence Day? Going to the lake? Having a barbeque? Watching the local fireworks show?

All are excellent ideas, but while you are enjoying your relaxing day, I hope you take a moment to reflect on what this day means for us Americans: we are free. 

We are free because . . .

. . . it took many dedicated individuals to begin the United States of America, many of whom lost their lives for a cause that they could not enjoy themselves.

. . . of the brave men and women who have fought for our country. Since the creation of our nation, we have fought for freedom, for equality, and for so much more. Honor our veterans. We could not have done it without you.

. . . of our current and past leaders who have worked to maintain our freedom. Recognize that despite our differences, we are stronger together. Let Independence Day bring us together to be proud of our heritage.

If you have not read the full transcription of The Declaration of Independence, I recommend you do as a gentle reminder of the importance of this historic day.

I will leave you will one final thought:

Liberty is the breath of life to nations. - George Bernard Shaw

Happy Independence Day, my fellow Americans.

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