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Sunday, July 4, 2010

234 years ago

. . . our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. It was the desires of this group of men, that we become a nation, independent of British rules. The beginning is beautiful, so instead of paraphrasing it, I'll copy and paste it:

"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. 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. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world."

These fifty-six men believed that they could, together, create a governing set of rules that allowed all to be free and to be ruled equally. At times, it feels that America is beginning to loose her way. That we've forgotten the simple truths that our nation was founded on. I will continue to believe that we "are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." I will continue to believe that the pursuit of happiness is based on Biblical principles, standards based upon my Creator ~ God.

Have a fun and safe July 4th friends. Remember who your Creator is and rejoice in the freedoms our founding fathers desired to give us.

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