Happy 4th of July Everyone!
As you celebrate our Independence Day, I
ask you to take a minute to reflect upon what our Forefathers meant
when they wrote “The Declaration of Independence.” Their words are deeply
profound and worth remembering today:
“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 to 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 shown 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 are the words which our entire way of life is based upon. And
now, more than ever, it is good to remember that our Founding Fathers
fought first and foremost for freedom and for our right to pursue our
individual happiness purposefully, and without constraint.
Those who came before us fought hard for our liberation and now, we owe
it to them to live our lives as freely and purposefully as possible. If
they could do it without financial security or a retirement plan, so
too, can we. They had what they needed most: Freedom. And you can take
everything from a person, but if they still possess a fundamental right to freedom, they can rebuild and begin again. This too, is our call. May
we all rise to the spirit from whence we came and heed the call.
Peace and Blessings!