Today is the Fourth of July, the day we officially declared our independence from England.
What are we really celebrating? Well to me the second paragraph from the very document that declared our independence still rings true, this is of course The Declaration of Independence:
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. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.
Just remember that if the word men offends you should just substitute the word people.
Notice that in the first sentence that the words equality and we all have rights that include those basic principles that we today hold dear. Unfortunately it has taken too long for this country to reach the very high principles put forth, but we have made much progress in doing so and some day soon, we all hope, all these things will not be just words upon our most important document.
President Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address again echoed the basic sentiments I spoke of above. In the address’s first sentence, “our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” So many decades later the head elected official understands the principles put forth in our founding document and uses them to remind everyone what our country stands for.
I realize the some of you do not think that we have achieved the high goals set forth in the Declaration of Independence. Well the thing to remember is that we are all human and we should always strive to realize these words are as important and relevant today as when they were written.
Wishing all a very Happy Fourth of July!
That is my opinion- Jumpin Jersey Mike