This is the first 4th of July that I have ever spent outside of the country. I
will be in Strasbourg, France for most of Independence Day. I’m pretty sure there won’t be any fireworks, no Star Spangled Banner. Therefore, I choose to celebrate the 4th of July via this blog post. I apologize for the deviation from my normal topic, technology.
On this date two hundred and thirty three years ago, 50 men, and the 13 colonies they represented “pledge[d] to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor” in order to forge the nation of the United States of America.
The philosophical underpinnings of the Declaration given in the first paragraphs individuality and the allotment of unalienable rights given by the Creator. Principally, these rights are famous “Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness”. The middle of the document lies out the grievances leading to its ratification. The last paragraph, declares the 13 State’s sovereignty, and severs ties with the King.
One short blog post cannot adequately sum up the philosophy of the American Revolution. So today, I encourage you to read the Declaration of Independence. I encourage you to read the Constitution, the Federalist, and anti-Federalist papers. I encourage you to read the words, works, and biographies of Jefferson, Madison,Washington, and the other founding fathers. I encourage you to read the philosophers that influenced their mindsets and decisions; Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, and Alexis deTocqueville, among others. Consider who these men where, and why what their ideas forged stands as a testament to civil society, prosperity, and humanity itself. I also encourage you to honestly ask yourself the question, would these men agree that “our individual salvation depends on our collective salvation” or that “the Constitution is a living and breathing document” subject to broad, undefined interpretation?
The solution to America’s problems lie not in social and economic experimentation and radical departures from the principles of the Founding, but in a return to the values that created and nourished this nation in the first place, those endorsed by the men who signed the Declaration so long ago.
I have been shaken from complacency by what I see happening to my nation, and I will stand with the Founders. I have no sympathy for leaders who would abandon the individual liberty granted by the Creator and outlined in the Founding Documents, nor do I have sympathy for politicians that insist they can spend the wages of my labor better than I can. To my fellow citizens, I implore that you join in maintaining the Vision of the Founders, a vision of individual liberty, free of undue governmental interference, as laid out more than 200 years ago.
“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes…” — The United States of America’s Declaration of Independance