One Nation, Many Individuals

One Nation, Many Individuals

Gun Rights

We celebrate the Fourth of July because that’s the day the Declaration of Independence was signed, 242 years ago. You might call July 4 America’s birthday. The Declaration didn’t just declare our independence from Britain; it vowed to create a government that respected all people’s rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." It said nothing about patriotism. Or making America "great." America became great because the Declaration (and the Constitution that followed) set down rules that kept government small and out of the way. That let creative individuals flourish. When the Declaration was signed, the founders didn’t know what America would look like. They knew, though, that they were sick of being bossed around by the British king, so they worried about government having too much power. Thomas Jefferson and his colleagues wrote the Declaration to assert that our "natural rights" could not be taken away by any government, and to set the stage for the creation of a government through which people could rule themselves. At the time, America was considered a backwater. Just a few years later, America had become the most prosperous, and probably the freest, country in the world. The Fourth of July is not about barbecues, fireworks or even patriotism. It’s about that idea: that people have the right to rule themselves. Ironically, government has grown so much since the founding that you might not even be able to buy fireworks where you live. In much of America they are now illegal […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.