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Our Independence

July 3, 2012
The Journal

In 1776 this nation was born. We celebrate that birth every year on the 4th of July, even though it took seven long years of warfare, suffering and struggle before England finally relinquished its claim on its rebellious former colonies, and it wasn't until 1789 that the US Constitution firmly established our government. That's only right, since the idea, the concept of this nation, was born on July 4, 1776, when representatives of those colonies issued the Declaration of Independence.

That concept is eloquently set forth in the introduction to 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, 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 was the truly revolutionary idea, that government existed for the benefit of the governed, not the other way around; that government gained its power from the consent of the governed, instead of the powerful imposing their will on the powerless, whether they consented or not.

This revolutionary idea guided our founding fathers and the patriots who fought to establish this nation. So many other revolutions had failed when the rebels, their victory won, lacked a better system than the one they had just overthrown.

The United States of America, however, grew with the emphasis on individuals freedoms. We celebrate that freedom and proudly proclaim it once again on July 4th, as they did in Philadelphia in 1776. Let Freedom Ring.



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