On July 4, 1776 independence from Britain was declared for the 13 colonies. Thomas Jefferson penned one of the most memorable phrases:
"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."
Years later, President Abraham Lincoln, in his Gettysburg Address proclaimed:
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."
There are many who believe there are still inequalities in this great country of ours, and there are, to a certain extent, but if one tries hard enough one can overcome any obstacle, regardless of the colour of one's skin or one's gender. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are great examples of that. With hard work and diligence one can achieve whatever one wishes to achieve. One can be anything one wants to be. Only in a democracy can that occur, and thank God we live in a democracy. We are the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, and that does not come easily. Many are jealous of us and wish us ill, but we will prevail because at the heart of this great country is its people, and we the people are, at our core, generous and good hearted.
Happy 4th of July, my friends!
God Bless you and this country!