Celebrating Freedom

Today is July 4…Independence Day. 233 years ago the Declaration of Independence was drafted by Thomas Jefferson, and America was born. It’s been a while since I’ve actually read the text of this great document, so I decided to read it this week. You can find the full text on several websites. Here is an excerpt.

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.

If you haven’t read the Declaration in a while I invite you to do so. As you do, remember all who have sacrificed to defend this document and the freedoms we enjoy in this great nation. Thank God for the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson and the founding fathers. God Bless America!!!
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