On the 4th of July, 1776, our nation’s founding father’s committed these lines, abandoning any notion of the cavalier and embracing the heart of courage:
“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.”
These were written in defiance of a tyrannical crown and dismissive parliment who bore down on the colonists law and order without representation, that despite being Englishmen and women, were not treated as such. They were dismissed, disregarded, and living in an age of oppression and subjugation to a crown that no longer gave them ear… by any means. They were second class citizen’s of the crown. Which gave rise to this:
“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.”
This moral imparitive – this utopian promise – has become our nations breath, if not her soul. Though these words are still not fully realized in our nation by all her citizens, be encouraged. Equality will be realized for it is the higher ideal founded and firmly established in the veins of all who call the United States home!
Happy 4th of July!