Saturday, July 4, 2009
When I think of the Fourth of July, I think of fireworks, grilling, family, friends, and the colors red white and blue. But most importantly I look back to the founding of our great nation. What makes us so great and set apart? I believe it is because this nation was founded on principles of freedom, liberty, and the power of the individual to pursue his happiness.
The founders believed that there were some rights that government could not take away from us. These natural rights include the right to choose and practice our religion, the right to keep and bear arms for our own protection (both against thieves and criminals and against tyrannical government), and freedom of speech just to name a few. The Constitution may not be perfect, but it serves its purpose well: to protect individuals against both the government and the majority.
The Constitution, being an imperfect document, also allows for change. Many point out the fact that slavery was allowed under the Constitution. The document allowed for abolition of slavery, though, through an amendment. This is an awful part of our history that I know many wish never had happened, but I am thankful that the founders put a system in place that could right these wrongs. Women’s rights are another issue, but again the Constitution allows for proper change when it comes to issues such as these.
Despite its flaws, the Constitution is possibly the most important document in political history. So today we celebrate the Fourth of July and the courage of the founding fathers to stand up to tyrannical government and create a government that is based on the individual, free market economics, property rights, and extremely limited government. We look to these ideals, and though we have strayed FAR from the government that our founders envisioned, I believe that we can and will return to these ideals.
Have a great fourth everyone, and remember WHY our nation is great!