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Remember the importance of Independence DayPosted Monday, July 2, 2012, at 3:53 PM
On July 4, 1776 our Founding Fathers did a very courageous thing.
They stood up against King George -- the King of England -- and proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence their freedom from the tyranny and religious persecution that was being perpetrated upon them.
Much like our forefathers, we need people of courage today to stand up to a government which wants to take away our liberty and our God-given rights that have been granted to us in both the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
Just like our Founding Fathers rose up and took a stance against what was forced upon them by King George, as citizens we must take a stand against this out of control government, which has expanded its power and control over the American people especially over the past few years.
Those are not so radical words, but call for common sense action.
We take control peacefully at the ballot box by knowing what the candidates stand for at the local, state and national levels before we show up on election day. We know the issues and the positions of those seeking office and make wise choices.
We must not let those who control our government transform our Republic into some type of European socialist United States.
Let us not forget the wise words of former President Calvin Coolidge who said, "About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning cannot be applied to this great charter.
If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions.
If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people."
Our country has made great progress toward fulfilling the promise of the Founding Fathers ---- equality for all. No longer are white men of property the only Americans to enjoy the freedoms of our democracy. Women, as of 1920 when women's suffrage prevailed, and minorities, since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, enjoy the power and privilege of being an American.
Remember the words of Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence ---- the words that have changed human history and the reason we jubilantly celebrate the Fourth of July:
"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."
This country still offers opportunities not available in many other places around the globe.
True, things are not perfect.
We all know someone out of a job. We have our homeless. A dollar bill simply does not buy as much as it used too.
But I am grateful for being born and raised in this great country of ours.
If you don't think this is a great country coveted by others, then why have we had people for many decades leaving their homelands and families, risking their lives and coming to America? Those immigrants were many of our own forefathers.
As we celebrate on Independence Day, let us give thanks that we do live in the United States of America.
Even though we have strayed from many of the ideas and ideals that our Founding Fathers avowed in both the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, we still are a free nation and as citizens of the greatest country on earth we have much to be thankful for.
God Bless America.
Nick is assistant editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or 1-800-947-4487 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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