I do enjoy the fourth of July. Last year I celebrated Independence Day a little before the 4th. After paying homage to John Adams, a hat tip to one of my college professors, I find remembering how truly wonderful the Declaration of Independence inescapable. Not so much because of its importance during the revolution, but because of the tremendous impact it has on the Unites States. Those beautifully written words found residence with future Americans of numerous races and genders to seek out equality. It serves as a bedrock of American political thought. For these reasons I am glad we remember the revolution on the fourth. Although Richard Henry Lee put forth a resolution for independence, which subsequently passed July 2nd, Thomas Jefferson provided the written meaning and legitimacy of the American Revolution. He articulated the fundamental rights not only of Americans but for all mankind. His words expressed, poetically, the grievances set forth against King George III arguing for inherent, natural rights. On this day, every year, I stand in aw of those words. I think about their meaning to different people, and how those words are interpreted today. As with much history, its purity is at times perverted by those advancing political agendas. Though onward the Declaration of Independence announces itself for each generation to find meaning, and declare,
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
And now I give you, that new Declaration.