It has been 235 years since anyone born in the United States of America has had to feel what it is like to live under a monarchy, to not have freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to bear arms, and to have no voice in a governing body. There was a time when “musket fire” had nothing to do with covering a sports team, but was a way of trying to win what were considered by some enlightened individuals as natural, God-given rights. They believed that rights were not given to people by a king, a parliament, or any type of government, but were naturally inherent. Government’s only purpose was to secure those rights, and its power came only at the consent of those people it was governing.
It wasn’t a new and radical idea, but it was put forth eloquently by a man named Thomas Jefferson, and it united 13 virtually independent colonies. The people of America were now united not because their pocket books were lighter due to excessive taxation, but they were united by an ideal. This ideal, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, has held together a nation and kept it and its people the freest and most prosperous the world has ever seen.
Enjoy your Fourth of July holiday today, and remember those that originally gave their lives to secure a new nation, as well as those who have given theirs to keep it free for over 200 years. Remember Thomas Jefferson, the predominant writer of our Declaration of Independence (which you can read HERE), as well as the other members of the Declaration Committee: John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, and Robert Livingston of New York who, along with most of members of the Continental Congress, risked being hung for treason by signing their names to the Declaration.
God Save Our American States! Happy Fourth of July!