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Happy Birthday America!

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United States Declaration of Independence

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As a nation woven together by a common thread, the Constitution, let’s remember what celebrating July 4th is all about.

Let’s remember what we have as a people. We have freedom. We have what people all over the world want. An innate desire to live free. To be what ever our Creator purposed us to be.

Our Founding Fathers understood this. It is clearly written in our Declaration of 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….”

I think as Americans we must understand the liberties and freedoms we hold so dear come with responsibilities. To do the things we sometimes don’t want to do like following the issues in politics and our culture. To not live by our emotions but to seek the truth. To be engaged in our country, to serve our fellow-man. It’s not the job of the government, it is our job.  I wonder if anyone agrees with me that we are losing that freedom. We have been lazy. Ronald Reagan said at the Annual Convention of Kiwanis International, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  It has to be fought for and defended by each generation.” Do you love your freedom? Are you willing to fight for it?

So as you celebrate the 4th with your family and friends, remember how fragile this freedom is and choose to do something about it. Read The Constitution today to your kids. George Washington said of the Constitution “A primary object….should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing….than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”

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One Response to “Happy Birthday America!”

  1. Anonymous
    July 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    Great article