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As we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July tomorrow, I thought I would give tribute to the Founding Fathers of this great nation. A group of men, who had everything to lose and were willing to put it on the all on the line in order to gain freedom and independence.
These were prominent business men, landowners and farmers. They knew they were not only putting their lives on the line, but their families livelihoods also. Fully aware that if they failed in this endeavor they would surely hang. For they were committing the largest act of High Treason against the King.
These men were passionate about Freedom, Independence and about their ideas of how to accomplish that task. Ideas that they vigorously and passionately disagreed with each other about. There were various strong personalities in the rooms of Independence hall and to say they didn't get along is a gross understatement. On more than one occasion they came incredibly close to blows with one another.
However, they knew the importance of the work at hand. They were able to set aside personalities in favor of principles. They understood what was at stake. In the words of Benjamin Franklin "We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately".
The fruits of the labor of some of the greatest minds ever assembled in one room, the sacrifices they made and the risks they took Fathered a new Republic. A Republic of, by and for the people. A republic that I am honored and blessed to be a part of. For you and I have inherited this great treasure of Freedom and you and I now assume the responsibility to care for and preserve the Union that many have died to protect from enemies both foreign and domestic.
Check out this excerpt of any essay on the responsibilities that lie in the hands of all Americans:
What it means to me to be American seems too big and overwhelming to put into words. For me it means so much. I feel like hit the lottery by being born in this country. It means Freedom. And with that freedom comes responsibility.
I have the freedom and rights to pursue my own happiness. My choices and my life are my own. Success or failure is my own, without the interference from or fear of my government. I may speak my mind, protect my family and worship my God. I have a voice in my government.
I have a profound admiration for thousands of men and women who are willing to die to protect these freedoms for me, even if I am total jerkwad.
Now onto responsibilities.
All of these statements can not even begin to do justice to the pride and emotion that wells up inside of me when I think about what it means to me to be an American, nor does it do justice to my gratitude to those who have gone before me to make these freedoms possible.
- I have the responsibility of my own life in my hands. I can blame no one else for my failings or short comings.
- I have the responsibility to vote, no matter how I feel about the candidates.
- I have the responsibility to God, the God who granted me the inalienable rights mentioned in our constitution, to care for my fellow man and those less fortunate than myself(there are many ways to do this outside of government).
- I have the responsibility to contribute to society in a positive way.
- I have the responsibility to teach my children the ideals and history of this great nation and to teach them to honor and live up to those ideals so that those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for my children have not done so in vein.
Can you guess the author? That was written by none other than ME. That is an excerpt that I decided to recycle from a post I wrote on July 4th of last year.
I wish you all a safe and happy Independence Day*. I also invite you to leave your thoughts on what being an American means to you, or write your own post and leave me a link.
*Little known trivia tidbit ~ We celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence as our nations birthday on July 4th, but the signing actually took place on July 2, 1776. Then the document had to go out to the printer to make and enlarged copy to hang in the town square. It was returned from the printer and posted in the square on July 4, 1776.