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
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Over time, I think the meaning of July 4th has gotten lost in the frenetic burst of fireworks. The true reason for the celebration has dimmed with the years, and perhaps the intent has been forgotten as well.
Imagine the amazing feat of those thirteen small, fledgling states in taking on the entire British Empire. Imagine believing in men with integrity, vision and purpose, the indomitable leadership of that new America. Imagine having such faith in liberty and freedom that every man, woman and child would join in defense of that ideology. And then imagine winning.
I wonder what our forefathers would think of us now...