America, America…

On Independence Day, Americans do not celebrate actual independence from Britain, which didn’t formally come until the signing of the Treaty of Paris on Sept. 3, 1783. Nor do we celebrate the start of the revolution that would make us free, which began in Massachusetts on April 19, 1775 and lasted for eight years. What we celebrate is the act of declaring our independence; the ratification and signing of a document that was meaningless without the might of arms to make it so. What we celebrate are the ideas in the Declaration of Independence, that most remarkable piece of political writing in history, and the courage of the politicians” to do what was right, to defy tyranny, to put their lives in jeopardy. Perfect men? No. Did they form a perfect country? No. However, they did form a nation that would do more for the cause of freedom, national and individual, than any other nation that has ever existed. That is something to fight for. Maybe I need to do a bit more to protect what was so gallantly established.

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The quoted material is from an article I read on the Fox News website.

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