Have you ever really thought about what it was that our Founding Father’s really did when they signed the “Declaration of Independence”? Aside from the obvious things like infuriating King George, establishing themselves as traitors to the Crown, and generally placing their lives, families, and fortunes in jeopardy, what was it really that they were doing?
England, after all, had much to offer these adventurers. Why did they feel the need to separate themselves from the security of their homeland? England could offer established institutions of learning, cultural enrichment, the best medical system of the known world, and the strongest economy of any civilized nation. They were putting in writing a forfeiture of all these substantial benefits for the risk of building an entirely new country. The only guarantee they had was that life would be more difficult than they had ever known and they would face more difficult challenges than they had ever thought possible. In addition they would no longer have the protection of the King’s army, and most likely would begin to feel the wrath of that same army in which they had relied for protection.
England had afforded them great opportunity as they pursued this New World. They had come to this “Promised Land” in English ships, labored with English servants, been educated by English schools, and been supplied by English merchants. What right did they have to forsake this great nation and turn their backs in disdain and lack of gratitude and Declare Independence?
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.
Knowing that nobody is responsible for your failures but you, but neither is anyone responsible for your successes but you. That’s what Independence is all about, and that is the spirit that founded these United States. Not that the “endowments” or as we might say in today’s terms, the “entitlements” were for Life, Liberty, and the pursuit (not gaurantee) of Happiness.
It is not “Freedom” that we celebrate during this Fourth of July season, but rather “Independence”. You were born Free because you were born as a Sovereign Being. It is “Independence” that we celebrate. The ability to choose, right or wrong, good or bad, success or failure. I realize that there are those that would like to make those decisions for us and protect us from ourselves, but I for one am thankful and celebrate whole-heartedly my ability to choose.
Let success or failure ride on Independent Choice and let us not blame our failures on anyone else anymore than we credit our success to anyone else.
Happy Independence Day, and my God Bless America and her people.