What the Fourth of July Really Means

Each year we celebrate the Fourth of July to commemorate not just independence, but to celebrate the anniversary of the first time in human history that a people declared as a matter of governance, that they carried with them freedom granted by God.

I like to ask liberals and progressives: Where do you get freedom?

If the answer is, “…from the law,” or “…from the Constitution,” that person has no concept of what freedom is. If one man has the power to grant another freedom through law or fiat, that is tyranny.

We get our freedom from God.

The Declaration of Independence begins with those cherished words:

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.

But even before that most famous sentence, the Declaration cites God-given rights as the reason for making the Declaration to begin with. It says:

“…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…”

The early summer of 1776 when those (hopefully) immortal words were written, was the culmination of over a decade of grievances the Patriots had with the Crown. The grievances suffered by Americans under British rule pale in comparison to the tyranny that we live under today.

There are two laws, to which we can trace the genesis of Revolution: The Stamp Act and the Townshend Acts. Both were simple taxes levied against various goods and services, required to fund Royal activities of one kind or another.

Truth of it is, the Crown was spending money lefy and right and had run up debt. The only solution to pay for it (so they thought) was to tax. And tax they did.

Sure, the rallying cry written by Sam Adams in his Circular Letter was, “…no taxation without representation.” But even with representation, many of the Patriots were against any form of taxation handed down from Parliament. Even if a representative were present, he would likely be “swayed” by proximity to the King and his Royalist supporters. Representation would be nothing more than a ruse.

Today, we have a government that has spent itself into oblivion and continues to tax and tax in an effort to gain more for itself. It has become a self-perpetuating tyrannical beast, fueled by power-hungry bureaucrats, not unlike Thomas Hutchinson, General Gage, and King George.

Indeed, modern American citizens find ourselves in a position of weakness and deference to the powerful centralized government.

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