In honor of the Fourth of July, MMSM this Monday (July 2) will follow the theme “I declare my independence from…” I hope our great founders wouldn’t mind my being inspired to throw off the tyrannies, both superficial and profound, that keep me from being free. Here are some of my favorite lines from the Declaration of Independence. God bless America!
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 … it is the Right of the People … 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.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; … that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, … And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our fortunes and our sacred Honor.
If you can read the whole declaration (and if you’re American) without getting just a bit teary-eyed, you might want to see someone about that: you could be missing some vital organ.