God Bless America!
In commemoration of the independence of the United States of America, Fox3 would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day!
Title: The Essence of Independence: Understanding Its Depth and Importance
Every year on the Fourth of July, we come together as a nation to celebrate the birth of American independence. From colorful fireworks painting the night sky to festive parades and concerts, Independence Day, for many, is a joyous day of commemoration. However, beyond the captivating displays and jubilant festivities lies a profound narrative of freedom, sacrifice, and the unyielding human spirit that's critical for us to appreciate. This Independence Day, let's take a moment to dive deeper into why our independence is so important.
Independence, in its simplest form, stands for freedom. But, it's more than just a word – it's a symbol of resilience, courage, and the relentless pursuit of liberty. On July 4, 1776, when the 13 colonies decided to break away from the British Empire, they made a daring choice. They chose to stand up against tyranny and oppression, expressing a desire to live in a society where freedom was not just a privilege for the few, but a right for all. They envisioned a future where every individual could exercise their rights and live out their dreams without the fear of external controls. This act of defiance, courage, and unity laid the foundations of the country we know today.
Our independence underlines the very essence of democracy. It's the reason we can freely express our thoughts, vote for the leaders of our choice, and question those in power without fear of repercussions. It's why we can move freely, follow the religion of our choice, and pursue opportunities that align with our interests and capabilities. Essentially, our independence empowers us to control our lives and destinies and serves as the bedrock of the American Dream.
Moreover, our independence is a testament to the strength of our forebears. They fought long, difficult battles and made immense sacrifices to grant us this freedom. Remembering our independence is a way of paying tribute to their bravery and honoring the values they held dear. When we celebrate Independence Day, we acknowledge that our freedom did not come easy. It's an opportunity to understand the price of liberty and to ensure that the sacrifices made by those before us were not in vain.
Importantly, our independence serves as a beacon of hope for the oppressed around the world. It's a shining example that tyranny can be overcome and that freedom can be achieved through resilience, unity, and a commitment to democratic principles. Every firework that lights up our sky on the Fourth of July signifies a resounding message to the world – that the spirit of freedom continues to shine brightly in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Furthermore, remembering our independence reminds us of our duty to protect and uphold these hard-won freedoms. Our forefathers fought for our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and it's incumbent upon us to safeguard these rights for future generations. As we celebrate our independence, we must also commit ourselves to uphold these values and continue working towards a society that respects and cherishes freedom, equality, and justice for all.
Independence Day is far more than just a day off work, a barbecue, or a dazzling show of fireworks. It's a day to reflect on our journey as a nation, to understand the true value of the freedoms we enjoy, and to pledge ourselves anew to the principles upon which our great country was built. As we celebrate this Independence Day, let us not forget why our independence is so vital and how it forms the heart and soul of our collective identity as Americans.
Here's to the brave, the free, and the independent. Happy Independence Day!
In Congress, July 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
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, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such
Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them. He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his
invasions on the rights of the people. He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within. He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands. He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers. He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries. He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance. He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures. He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation: For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us: For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States: For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury: For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighboring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies: For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments: For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever. He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us. He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people. He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation. He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands. He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.