Mullin It Over: Land of the Free and Home of the Brave

Every Independence Day we celebrate our Founding Fathers who had the courage to go against the British monarch and create their own government. They had a vision for a government controlled by the people where every citizen had the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They also knew the decision to break away from the British empire was bold and would come with a price. But they had faith that freedom would prevail.

On July 2, 1776, Thomas Jefferson presented The Second Continental Congress with the Declaration of Independence, the document that separated the American colonies from Great Britain, and Congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of the adoption. The preamble to the Declaration of Independence made clear they were a self-governed people with inalienable rights. It reads:

We hold these truths to be selfevident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable 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.



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