“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.”
On July 4, 1776, these 35 elegant words expressed a profound thought which gave birth to America! Each year on this day, we pause to celebrate and remember that freedom is not free. That the courage, vision and sacrifice of our founders and their families rooted in Judeo Christian principles and an unwavering belief in God’s favor began a fight that goes on today.
It is a fight for individual liberty, freedom from tyrannical rule, over regulation and irresponsible taxation. This fight was won against the British monarchy and led the way to a new form of representative government meant to serve the people. Painstakingly crafted in the constitution and carefully limited from encroachment on individual liberties by the Bill of Rights, our government remains vulnerable to the inherent human weaknesses of leaders who fall victim to the trappings and privilege of “royalty”. Power and pride operating under the veil of good intentions inevitably expands control for the perceived “greater good”. Control first shows up in regulation and taxation but soon seeks the direct and more total control that can only come from disarming the individual.
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
-Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution, 1776, Jefferson Papers 344
“I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people…To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
-George Mason, during Virginia’s ratification convention, 1788
What is more American than The 2nd Amendment? The need for this protection will never go out of style.
So on this day let us pause to remember the men and women who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy and to celebrate the birth of this great Nation!