234 years ago today, our forefathers declared America’s independence from the British Empire. For the support of that declaration, they pledged to one another “our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” And that wasn’t hyperbole – with their actions, they brought upon themselves the very real risk of death and imprisonment.
On this Fourth of July, compare that courage and sacrifice to the potential consequences of getting involved and standing for liberty today – some lost free time, maybe public embarrassment or the hostile words of your opponents – and ask yourself how many of us are living up to their example.
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Further Required Reading: President Calvin Coolidge, “Speech on the Occasion of the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence,” July 5, 1926