Sunday, July 4, 2010

Fourth of July - #1913 - Our Declaration to the World - American Thinker

Each July 4th Americans have the chance to celebrate something new in human history, a nation grounded wholly in liberty. The transcendent values of liberty was not new. The same year that the Declaration of Independence was signed, Adam Smith wrote his famous masterpiece, The Wealth of Nations, which explained clearly how economic freedom makes us all wealthier. Smith's countrymen, 450 years before our Declaration, signed the Declaration of Abroath to another King of England which explains: "It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honors that we are fighting, but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."  The American colonies, now states after July 4, 1776, embraced the idea of human freedom. The charters of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Rhode Island explicitly protected liberty. Patrick Henry in Virginia dramatically expressed this yearning when he said: "I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" The acquittal of editor Peter Zenger in New York told the world that honest political criticism was the right of every man. Throughout the colonies the spirit of freedom was flourishing, even if the declaration of that most basic right was not formally stated.  Read more........

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