Second, certain rights are “unalienable,” meaning they can’t be forfeited. Our Founding Fathers believed that rights of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness,” cannot be taken away under any circumstances. This then-extreme idea led to the establishment of the Bill of Rights in our Constitution, which has served as the foundation of individual liberty in America for more than 200 years.
Finally, “all Men are created equal.” It would be nearly another 200 years before this concept became a reality for all Americans. However, this then-revolutionary statement in 1776 was a foundation for the abolitionist movement that ended slavery, the suffrage movement that gave women the right to vote and the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
The Fourth of July is an extraordinary day in our nation’s history. So, fire up the grill and enjoy the fireworks. Then, take a moment to remember the lessons of independence and remind your kids, or grandchildren, why we are celebrating.