Independence Day

Frank DeMartini

July 4, 1776. One of the greatest days in the history of the human race. For this is the day, that the founders of this country executed the Declaration of Independence and declared themselves free from the British Empire. It is a day that we should be reverent about and a day in which we should remember those who have fallen in order for the ideals of the founding fathers to be upheld.

It is a day that the whole world admires whether they be Western or whether they be the people rebelling in Iran against the tyrannical regime in power. It is a day that the South Koreans think of whenever they fear the Communist empire to the north. And, it is a day that all people throughout the world who want to be free cherish and remember.

At this point in 2009, there are many things wrong with this country. Whether they be from the depressed economy or whether they be in the war we are waging against terror. However, at this time of the year we should always remember that we live in the best country in the world and that we should strive to live the ideals that the country stands for.

In the words of Thomas Jefferson in the immortal document that started it all: “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.”

It is based upon these principles that we exist. I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday weekend. And, may you all take a few moments to remember this great country and those who have given their lives for these continuation of the ideals of the founding fathers.

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One Response to Independence Day

  1. Ira on July 3, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    So true Frank. I think all the people in power in this country, city, state or federal, democrate or republican need to spend more time reading and understanding the constitution and less time worrying about their public image. Only a small number of the population really understand the sacrifices that were made to get us this far. "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." It was true then and is true today. Happy 4th of July

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