Today is one of celebration for our country, as we honor our independence from tyrannical rule on July 4, 1776. Flags will be raised, parades held, firework displays will explode to re-announce our freedom. Do we know what it’s all about?
I decided to read through the actual Declaration of Independence in its entirety. Most of us are familiar with the preamble – “When in the course of human events …” But the rest of the words aren’t usually read, but they ring true in many ways today. Our founding fathers were brilliant in their construction of this document. They presented their case for independence from King George and the British Empire in a very clear way.
The first pieces of evidence against the king:
- He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
- He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
- He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.”
Those are only a few of their complaints. I would advise all Americans to read the rest of this endictment. Many things those early colonists faced are once again happening in our country. I’m not suggesting another revolution, but I think it’s important for us to go back and look at our beginnings in order to heal our land.
The final statement of this important document says it all.
“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
GOD BLESS AMERICA!