The Fourth of July
Photo Credit: Raleigh South Carolina
On July 4th 1776 Brits in America declared their independence from Britain. They took their principles of freedom and fair play from the freedoms and fair play established and defended in Britain for over a thousand years. See the Liberty Timeline.
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.- Declaration of Independence
Americans created a country where freedom of speech, freedom of religion, just laws, limited-constitutional-representative government, and equality of opportunity (not equality of outcome) were established and defended, again and again. Freedom, representative government and equality of opportunity are always under attack.
Americans did not give up when powerful, greedy, small-minded people and ideological fanatics tried to destroy freedom and fair play -- sometimes under the name of freedom and fair play!
We will not give up today.
This is an edited reprint of an earlier post.