Independence Day today is about family get-togethers, cooking hotdogs and hamburgers, swimming, and most of all, fireworks. Independence Day 236 years ago was about something much more. It was about standing up and ensuring that the people be allowed to live their lives with the Liberty and Freedom that our Creator intended, and that we would no longer put up with the injuries that our Liberties had taken while under the British Crown. We had finally had enough, and put our lives, fortunes, and our honor on the line.
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.Declaration of Independence
Yet today, there is a similarity on what our Liberties have been enduring, especially over the past decade. Erosion. Patriot Act, TSA, SOPA, PIPA, NDAA, you name it. They all restrict our ability to live our lives the way that our Founders intended for us to live when they signed the Declaration of Independence. We’re traveling down a road where those that believe in Freedom and Liberty, those that love the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and those that believe in the right to bear arms, will some day be labeled as radical as those that signed the Declaration of Independence. But it’s those that disregard the Constitution, those that believe in restricting and repealing our freedoms in the Bill of Rights, and those that no longer believe in We the People, they are the tyrants today.
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