Happy 4th of July!  Remember that this is the day we celebrate our Independence, America’s founding as a nation.  There are three simple things about this day that I feel every American should be proud to celebrate:

1. The Revolutionary War and our founding

2. The freedom’s we have and how they are earned

3. Pride in the things American’s have accomplished

The Revolutionary War and Our Founding
Lest we forget the struggle and the sacrifices made in our founding, we should reflect on our forefathers and the things they said and did.  The men and women that forged this great nation gave their livelihoods and in many cases, their lives for America.

“The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.” – Thomas Paine

“He who is permitted by law to have no property of his own, can with difficulty conceive that property is founded in anything but force.” – Thomas Jefferson, January 26, 1788

“Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it.” – John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776

“Citizens by birth or choice of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections. The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations…Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” – George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796

“Give me liberty, or give me death!” – Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775 in support of the Revolution

These men dedicated their lives and fortunes to the Revolution so that America could be a free nation.They drafted these words:

 “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…
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government..

it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.“
– The Unanimous Declaration of the united States of America 

For this they took up arms.  For this they bled and many of them died.  For this reason, the 2nd amendment was established.   For what they did, every American (and indeed the rest of the world) should honor them and respect them and be thankful.  This is why we celebrate the 4th of July.

 The Freedom’s We Have and How They Were Earned
I leave you to study the history of other nations.  Know that there are currently 19 dictatorships around the world with fake elections, countries where women are not allowed to vote, countries where religion is oppressed and people cannot own property, countries where the sentence for political views contrary to the state is death, and countries where rape victims are put to death. 

The world is not a pretty place.  There are countries where the police are not to be trusted, where prisons are where you go to die not serve a sentence, where people live in fear of the government and their neighbors alike because they do not have the means to protect themselves.

Our forefathers put in place a Constitution to restrict our government and give more freedom to the people of this great nation to protect them from the government.  We have the freedom to dress the way we want, take the jobs we want, worship or not worship the way we want, and above all, the freedom to protect those freedoms with guns so that we will never be enslaved by our government. 

These freedoms have been bought and paid for by the blood of men and women from the Revolutionary War until today.  Those men of arms have always sworn an oath to the Constitution, not to their superiors, and it behooves every one of them to read and understand that document.

 “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The Bill of Rights should be memorized and fought for and at no time should a soldier follow an order that violates these or the rest of the constitution.

Article [I] – Freedom of expression and religion
Article [II] The right to bear arms as a necessity to freedom
Article [III]  -No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Article [IV]-  right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizure
Article [V] -Rights of Persons to due process
Article [VI] –  Rights of Accused in Criminal Prosecutions
Article [VII] – Right of trial by jury
Article [VIII] – Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Article [IX] – Rights not listed are not forfeited
Article [X] –Rights not listed belong to the States and the People, not the Federal Government

I swore an oath to the Constitution once, as did millions of my fellow Americans, and we will always stand by it.

Pride in the Things American’s Have Accomplished

 America was founded on Biblical principles of freedom given by God, justice for all, a representative government controlled by a balance of powers, and elections by the people.  We have flourished, become strong, and been a beacon of light and freedom around the world. 

America is the only nation to have fought a Civil War to abolish slavery and enshrined in our laws the concept that ALL men are created equal by GOD and that mankind MUST honor that.  We were one of the first nations to send our military to the ends of the world to fight tyranny merely for the sake of seeing justice and freedom abound.  We have fought and won two world wars. 

 We have produced great people of Industry, Art, Music, Inventions, Medicine and more.  We sent men to the moon.  We have produced food for the world.  We have rushed to the aid of the needy and disaster stricken with no thought for payment.   We have built great things for humanity like the Hoover Dam which provides power for three states.  We have created National Parks like the Grand Canyon, The Giant Redwood Forest, Yellowstone National, Niagara Falls and thousands more, so that our posterity can enjoy the natural wonders of the world.  We have peace and do not fear for our lives on a daily basis.  We can go anywhere, buy anything, do anything without fear that the government will stop us.  We are free.

All of these things I enjoy today with my family and I am happy.  I am thankful for America and immensely proud of my great nation.  I can honestly say, with my heart overflowing with gratitude:

God Bless America and God Bless you and your family on this, our day of Independence, the 4th of July!!