Happy Independence Day!

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Today as we celebrate with friends and family (but without fireworks), we must also remember WHY we celebrate this day. Over 200 years ago, a small group of freedom-loving men committed an act of treason against the crown when they declared that they were dissolving the political bands which kept them connected to England.

The declaration “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” expressed a view that was NOT “self-evident” to many. For centuries, few questioned the status quo of a ruling class. The idea that “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” was, well, revolutionary.

Today, we are reminded again that “Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.”

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One Response to “Happy Independence Day!”

  1. jeromefromlayton Says:

    The Age of Reason had arrived, but Royalty still acted on Divine Right which essentially dated back to Constantine. That fiction ended on July 4th, 1776. Happy Independence Day!

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