It’s More Than a BBQ and Fireworks

July 4 – also known as Independence Day – is a time to celebrate America. The holiday marks the day in 1776 when the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, signaling the official separation of the 13 original colonies from Great Britain amid the Revolutionary War.

Of course, July 4, 1776 was only the beginning. We still had to fight the war that the Declaration sparked, and when it was over, we had to figure out the shape our new country was to take. We chose something quite rare: A Republic based on new concepts precipitated and distilled from the Age of Enlightenment, then only a few generations old. Based on the Concept of Natural Law, our Constitution was the first real experiment with a true citizenry, deriving its power not from submission, but from consent.

This was big. And it set in motion an experiment that has been unmatched in World History. Unmatched in liberty, freedom, innovation, productivity, justice and effectiveness. Listen to Hawaii Former Representative Tulsi Gabbard read the preamble of the letter written that day to the British Crown, spelling out the reasoning for the Colony’s decision.

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