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.
And so they did.
The 4th of July is a good day to remember this. We can spend a few moments in gratitude to the generation of men and women that courageously threw off the tyranny of an imperial monarchy and laid the foundation for a new nation and new government. A government of the people, by the people and for the people.
We can also be thankful for the many freedoms that we have, and the amazing ways we can exercise those freedoms. Most of all, we can be thankful for the Creator who gave these freedoms to us. He is our wise King, our perfect Lawgiver, and our just Judge. No matter what happens on this earth, we can find peace in that knowledge.
Here is some Independence Day information:
National Archives: Declaration of Independence
History Channel: Declaration of Independence