Happy 4th of July

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

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.

With those words, our country declared its independence and 236 years ago, was born.  Amazing.  As you celebrate Independence Day today, please remember what independence is all about, and what our country stands for.

The United States of America is the greatest country on the planet, and I don’t think anybody reading this will dispute that fact.  Over the past 236 years, our country has grown and prospered, and overcome everything thrown our way.  The American Spirit is both envied and despised worldwide for our collective ability to accomplish anything and everything we encounter.

Our freedom has come at a steep price, and many have fought and paid the ultimate price so that I can sit here this morning and write this after my run, and so that you can sit and read this, all without having to look over our shoulders in fear.  So as you enjoy spending time with your family, maybe having a BBQ, watching fireworks, or however else you choose to celebrate, take a moment to reflect on what freedom really means, and those who have protected our freedoms over the past 236 years, and continue to do so today.  Remember that our freedoms are protected, regardless of our political views or perspectives; those that defend our freedoms do not do put themselves in harm’s way so that we can pervert what freedom means to fit our own view of the world.  In America, we have the right to worship freely, or not at all if we so choose; we have the right to say what we want, within reason and excluding hate speech; we have the right to disagree with our government without fear of retaliation, and so on down the line.  We owe it to our Founding Fathers and those who serve to honor what they have and still do give us.  To do anything less is un-American.

Have a happy 4th of July.  I am off to spend time with my family and watch some baseball (pretty cool that there is a game on at 11 this morning).

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