Happy Independence Day!

adams-signing-declarationHappy 4th – Independence Day.

Two hundred forty years ago on July the 4th 1776, thirteen colonies declared their independence from England, which lead to the formation of the United States. On that day, the Declaration of Independence was adopted. You can download your copy here. I encourage everyone to read it.

“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.” Click to Tweet.

“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.” Click to Tweet

On this Independence Day, we find ourselves in a dangerous and divided country.  Faced with one of the most contentious presidential elections in my lifetime, and terrorists who are out to destroy our country, we are in trouble. But, we the people have choices.

“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 of 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.” Click to Tweet

Understand this election is not about your side or mine. It’s not about gender, glass ceilings, or dynasty politics. It’s not about an outspoken businessman. This election is about us, our future, our children and  grandchildren’s future. It’s about the security of our nation both physically and economically.

Unknown-18So, while you celebrate our country’s independence with barbecue, and fireworks, realize we are at a crossroads.

Our choices are limited this year but think, carefully, my friend – the spin is in and whichever lot you cast will determine the future and direction of our country. Independence is not free.

Be safe this July 4th and don’t forget to thank those who serve to keep us safe and independent every day. To those men and women, I say:images-2

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12 thoughts on “Happy Independence Day!

  1. July Fourth is a great day to appreciate what it took to establish our democracy, and why it’s still worth fighting for, even given the endless and often dispiriting political rancor.

    Happy Independence Day to you, Sheila!


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  2. I think every kid in school should learn “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” That might be the most important line in the document. Happy Independence Day!

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  3. we’ve just declared independence from Europe but with a different set of fireworks. There is still something to celebrate for both countries!

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