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  • Robert M. Edsel

We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident

Freedom to never vote and still be entitled to criticise those in public office. Freedom to disrespect or even desecrate the nation’s flag yet not fear arrest. Freedom to be ignorant of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights and at the same time enjoy their protection and their privileges. Freedom to be a resident of the United States without speaking English and not be treated like a foreigner. Freedom to choose not to work, not have an income, and not pay taxes, and still be provided for by the nation’s safety nets. Freedom to avoid public service and yet take advantage of public services. Freedom to take for granted the boundless freedoms we have. Freedom to enjoy Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans day without giving a moment’s thought to the million and a half soldiers who died fighting to gain and retain that freedom nor the millions of men and women in uniform today who defend it. We, who call ourselves “Americans,” are the most fortunate and privileged human beings in history. Most of us are lottery winners, born in this country not by choice. Others relocated to the United States, oftentimes the result of enormous sacrifice and hardship. What unites us is an experiment that began 243 years ago founded on the conviction that “all men are created equal.” The very diversity that today too often divides us has historically been the glue that bound us. I hope every American will join me in giving pause on this special day, July 4, to celebrate those differences and give thanks for the many benefits we enjoy living in these United States of America. HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

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