On July 2nd, 1776, in a document drafted by Thomas Jefferson, the Continental Congress declared independence of thirteen colonies from England, an event which eventually led to the beginning of the United States of America.
It was not until several days later, on July 4th, 1776, that the Continental Congress approved all of the edits, changes, and final wording of the draft. It was on that day, the 4th, the Declaration of Independence is dated.
I remember a scene from Scandal where the President and Olivia went and saw the Declaration of Independence. Intrigued, I did research on it then. The “official” Declaration of Independence remained unsigned until August of 1776, and that is the copy that is on display at the National Archives in Washington.
That document, the Declaration of Independence not only proclaimed the thirteen colonies their freedom from Great Britain’s rule, but it also asserted specific natural and legal rights and the role of the government.
“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.”
Today, I sit in the conflict of an America I love and a government I question. I specifically challenge the respect for the Declaration of Independence by our current administration. I believe the American way has gone astray.
Written by our founding fathers, proclaiming those self-evident truths, at a time when slavery was legal, women did not have the right to vote, and if history is correct, the colonies were dominated by extremely diverse religious non-English Europeans.
Today, again, being challenged are the hard fought battles for civil rights, women’s rights, and religious rights. They have either disappeared from this current government’s role call or are in the process of being eliminated. Slowly and systematically these rights are being stripped away from these groups of people.
When I read that preamble, it is so empowering. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” It keeps me looking toward a better tomorrow. That one by one someone somewhere will read that and take it literally and join me to make it a reality.
Today I am thankful
- The blessing of being a citizen of this great nation.
- I am excited for time with family.
- So far, it is a beautiful day.
- I love talking to my babies.
Stay safe. Enjoy your family and friends. Take a moment to remember why we celebrate this holiday. All we do today, we do because of the freedom allowed us by our nation.
affectionately yours, Laura