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; That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
In 1776, our forefathers adopted a philosophy that laid the foundation for a new nation. They pledges their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor on these ideas. Many of them died, were financially ruined, lost children and were imprisoned as a result of their actions. About half of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were lawyers, including John Penn and William Hooper of the North Carolina delegation.
Whatever you think of the legal profession today, it has a long and storied history of preserving our freedoms, second only to the brave members of our armed services. This Independence Day take a moment to appreciate your freedoms. Thank a veteran for their service. Say a prayer for those who have given their lives for our liberty. Make sure you have your lawyer’s contact information handy in case you need them to help defend your freedoms and liberties. And perhaps take a critical look at where we are as a country; have we given up essential liberties for which our forefathers died in our search for elusive security and promises of well-being? I think of my clients who are fed, sheltered, clothed, and have free healthcare… because they are in prison. What will you do without freedom?
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. ~ Ronald Reagan, 1961