politics, history and the war on terror
Sunday, July 04, 2004
Our Independence Day 

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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. --Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

The Declaration of Independence - The Want, Will and Hopes of the People - July 4th, 1776

Today is the most uniquely American holiday: the celebration of the birth of the American nation; the celebration of our freedom from British rule and the establishment of democracy that is the light of freedom for the world. Our founding fathers sacrificed everything by signing the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776; signing this document made them traitors to the British Crown, subject to immediate death. The eight years of war that followed against the most powerful empire on the earth were difficult and bloody times, but our ancestors prevailed against long odds to achieve the goal of independence.

Since the creation of this great nation, we have corrected many of the imperfections that existed; slavery has been abolished, black and women’s voting rights were established, among others. While these changes may occur over long periods of time, the net result is a freer and safer nation that grants its citizens independent rights. America is the example to the rest of the world freedom brings; freedom and democracy have been slowly taken hold throughout the world since the birth of America. We have inspired Europe, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Taiwan, South Korea, South Africa, Russia, and Iraq to strive for something more than fascism, communism, dictatorships and martial law. But there are still large regions of the world, such as Africa, much of Asia and the Middle East that still have not experienced the joy of freedom; these are the regions that pose the greatest threat to the peace and security of the free world. Free nations do not fight wars to resolve their differences.

President Reagan referred to America as the “shining light on the hill”, the hope and inspiration of the free world. As such, we have an obligation to assist our fellow travelers who aspire to be more than mere subjects of tyrannical rule. This is what all free men should do, what all free men must do.

Today is our Independence Day, and we should rejoice. May we be skillful and brave enough to assist those less fortunate in obtaining their freedom. And may we be there to rejoice in the future independence days of those nations that are deprived of the rights all men should enjoy.

Posted by bill roggio @ 4:02 PM