4th of July

4th of July

I love this country.

I love the 4th of July.

I love the parades, the BBQs, and spending time with family.

But those are not the reasons we celebrate the 4th. We honor the signing of the Declaration of Independence (which actually took place on the 2nd).

I like to pause and reflect on what the signers of the Declaration were thinking. They were risking their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. They were traitors to the Crown – but lovers of freedom.

Who were the Founders? They were citizens, farmers, lawyers, bankers – not career bureaucrats. I am grateful they were all in the same area at the same time of civilization to put together these documents (the Declaration and the Constitution).

“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.” Our rights come from God – – the Founders knew this. Do we realize this? As a society have we forgotten this?

What have we learned from the founders? The Declaration is a list of complaints against an out of control government – a government that wasn’t listening to the people. This government was taking away basic rights — those rights mentioned above of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Are we willing to vote for those who want to allow us to keep these rights?

My family will be reading the Declaration of Independence this weekend. I encourage you to as well.

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Richard Jaussi
Richard Jaussi 31 posts

Richard is a political junkie. He teaches Political Science and US Constitution courses at a University. Richard can be found reading books on American history and politics. He resides in Utah County with his wife, 4 kids, and Frodo (their dog). You can reach him at fortyfivepolitics@gmail.com.

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