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Happy Independence Day

July 4, 2016

I’ve been trying to find words to express what this day and the privilege of living in a free country mean to me, but none of mine seem adequate, so I’m borrowing some from Thomas Jefferson. I do this without apology. It can’t hurt to remind Americans (including me) of the principles that shaped us as a nation. So … the opening words of the Declaration of Independence:

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.misc. scenery002

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united
States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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.

Thank you, Thomas Jefferson, and the other brave men and women who made a free and independent life possible for so many of us. 

July 4

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 4, 2016 4:53 PM

    I agree. We cannot say it any better than Thomas Jefferson. Loved the blog.

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