Each July 4, we have a specific occasion to remember what it is that defines us as Americans. That memory (of a sovereign people whose government would depend on the consent of the governed and would guard against deprivation of their unalienable rights to life liberty and property) has long been forgotten by many who live in the United States and, indeed, by those who hold elected office, including the President of the United States. Let us remember why it is that we celebrate Independence Day, the day we set apart each year as requested by the Founding Fathers to reflect on what it is that truly defines us as Americans.
For the first time in world history a government would be founded on a written Constitution predicated on the consent of the governed and dedicated to the protection of the unalienable rights of man to life, liberty, and property. So, when we celebrate Independence Day, we should be reminded of the rights revolution that gave birth to our nation. We should be very grateful for the unique privilege of living in a land whose founding charter promises protection for the unalienable rights of man, and each of us should be resolutely dedicated to the defense of those rights from enemies domestic and foreign, even with our lives.