“May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all,) the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that themass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God.” Thomas Jefferson, June 24, 1826
I hope you have a wonderful, safe, and happy Independence Day—but I hope it is a thoughtful one as well. Please, please take time to sit down and read the Declaration of Independence, perhaps the world’s finest and best description of what a legitimate government is—by noting all of the assaults upon legitimacy George the III enacted. Thousands of men died for our freedom; thousands more starved, shivered, and were injured so we, a population larger than they ever imagined, would live free from the oppression and tyranny of an overbearing power. Their wives, children, and dependent family members struggled at home to maintain houses, farms, and neighborhoods, all while under assault from the British (who, blessedly, are our friends today). Let us honour our ancestors—for they are that by spirit if not by blood—by being ourselves independent of government instead of dependent on it, taking care of ourselves and our own with honour and decency.
My business is named “Liberty Images Photography” for a reason, after all.
Enjoy the day, dear hearts.
And God bless America.