Slap on the sunscreen and fire up the grill, but let’s not forget what we’re celebrating on July 4th.
241 years ago, less than 3% of our Nation’s men mobilized to take on tyranny, by declaring independence from Great Britain .
The great pain of war would follow, but for these men, and hopefully for you me, the fight to preserve our Natural rights of life, liberty, and property was worth the sacrifice.
It is believed for every twenty able men serving in the war, one lost his life.
Look at what these great men of liberty had to say during that time period:
The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.– George Washington
My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy! – Thomas Jefferson
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
The question is, not what rights naturally belong to man, but how they may be most equally and effectually guarded in society. – Roger Sherman
So, today as we hang out with family and friends gazing upon the fireworks lighting up the sky, let us use that moment to remember how blessed we are to live in this great land of liberty we call the United States of America.
Then tomorrow let’s get back to work because as Thomas Paine said, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”
Happy Independence Day from the team at Colorado Citizen Press.