I wish for you a wonderful holiday. The lovely Joann and I are headed to the North Coast (Erie, PA) for a vacation, a wedding celebration for my daughter and son-in-law, and a reunion with most of my family. While the thought of the seven hour drive are cringe worthy, I expect that the fun and love that will be shared over the next few days will be salve for my aching bones.
If you have a few minutes today, I ask that you think about our country and what the very first July 4th Independence Day was all about.
This is just part of the Declaration but it says it all for me.
“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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Equal and exact justice to all men…freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of person under the protection of the habeas corpus; and trial by juries impartially selected,these principles form the bright constellation which has gone before us. ~Thomas Jefferson