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Celebrate Liberty!

Posted by Richard on July 4, 2006

Old Glory

Happy Independence Day!

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.

Those earth-changing words were written and agreed to 230 years ago by these guys — take a moment to thank them for "proclaim[ing] Liberty throughout the land."

Founding Fathers

Now, get away from that computer and go celebrate in some way. Later today, I’ll be celebrating with my dad — and thanking him for defending Liberty sixty-some years ago. In fact, thanks to all the veterans and servicemen/women out there!

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2 Responses to “Celebrate Liberty!”

  1. VRB said

    Looking for images of the flag I found these pictures. This is not July 4, but March 1965. These images speak to me as America’s intention.

  2. Anonymous said

    Nice photos — thank you. Yes, what happened in Selma, Montgomery, etc., in the 1960s was the fulfillment of the intent of those words above.

    It took a while. But remember, those guys in Philly 230 years ago — with the help of some philosophical precursors in England, like Locke — were challenging the conventional wisdom that prevailed in every culture for the 5000 years of recorded history.

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