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Independence Day: Read the Declaration and Think

Over the years and in various forums, I’ve urged people to read the full text of our Declaration of Independence sometime during the Fourth of July holiday. It was a remarkable document for its time and remains so today. Its cry of “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.” is one I wish more people held with (with “men” read as all human beings) today.

The signers of the Declaration did not accept, as we do today, that safety was a person’s number one concern or that the State could take away certain rights like trial by jury or freedom from arbitrary searches when the State felt it was warranted. They didn’t believe that their freedom came from wearing Union Jack pins and “supporting the troops” of the government they lived under. They were willing to pledge their lives, fortune and sacred honor to live free. What, if anything, are we willing to do? Or are we ok with our post 9/11/2001 trade of freedom for “security”?

Read the Declaration of Independence and think about it.

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One Response

  1. I did appreciate what was written in the Declaration of Independence. Today, people might miss the importance of having their liberty and having that sense of security. We should have asked ourselves what could have been our contribution. If you would think of it that way, then you would really appreciate everything and everyone who were involved.

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