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Friday, July 04, 2008
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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. "
Our most important right is the right to vote. To change what we do not like. Throughout history, Democracy had not worked. It always dissolved into something different - Emperors and Kings ruled. Our Founding Fathers themselves were very fearful that it still would not work. If they were here today, I'm sure they would be amazed. They may be disappointed at somethings - maybe our elected officials do not always govern with the consent of the people. But ultimately, the power in this country is still where the Founding Fathers knew it should be - with WE THE PEOPLE.
No matter how flawed our Founding Fathers were, they all had the same vision. A country where people can practice whatever religion they want, hold whatever jobs they want, make as much money as they want, without government interference.
And they fought to make that happen. And almost everyone who fought in the Revolutionary War lost everything to make sure that it happened.
The price of Freedom will always be high. But the preservation of Freedom will always be worth it.