An interesting fact is that many people think we’re celebrating the victory over the British on the 4th of July. In reality, the Declaration of Independence formally signed on July 4, 1776, just two days after Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence for the Thirteen Colonies of the United States from Great Britain, was just the beginning of a long journey in pursuit of freedom from a tyrannical king.
The patriots who created that Declaration went on to change the world, rewriting human history for the better going forward. This document has and continues to inspire freedom-loving people around the globe to take similar actions in their countries. America is a shining example of a people who fought against tyranny—and won.
What further astounds me is the authors’ confidence in the Declaration and that their work would achieve the desired outcome of independence from an unfit ruler of a free people. The document says it even better, that it was “their right...their duty, to throw off such (tyrannical) Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
No country is, or will ever be, perfect. I still stand on the confidence that the freedom we enjoy in the United States of America, to succeed or to fail, is what keeps us the most desirable nation on the face of the planet to live in.
These brave men well understood the freedoms we cling to even now as Americans. Let’s all make sure we point that out and celebrate those freedoms with friends and family over this holiday weekend.
Happy Independence Day!