On this July 4th, when you have a moment's break from all the fun and excitement, take a moment and remember why Americans really celebrate. We guarantee our these things will inspire you to wave your flag with a dose of extra enthusiasm.
- The most famous sentence of the Declaration of Independence (actually the second sentence): "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
- "No taxation without representation." Our independence focused on this idea of everyone having a voice in government.
- The United States was one of the first modern democracies. Today, democracy is gaining steam in Guinea, Brazil, and Bolivia.
- When things got rough at one point, the country asked George Washington to step up and be King. George said "no way" and reminded the nation what democracy was really about
- When the Revolutionary War broke out, the Americans had no professional army or navy. Those who went to war (men and women) were brave civilians who joined militias in order to serve their cause.
- The Constitution contains the rare idea to have amendments because values and laws change over time.
- The Bill of Rights kicked off America's civil liberties. Throughout generations we've known that we have a freedom to practice religion, free speech, and other basic rights.
- Checks and balances are essential to U.S. government. The executive, legislative and judicial system have different responsibilities that are designed to give one other plentiful reality checks.
- Political theory suggests that democracies are really unlikely to go to war with each other. Maybe there's still hope for world peace.
- America has managed to go from 13 colonies with different agendas and personalities, to 50 states with different agendas and personalities. Even through a brutal Civil War, the US has managed to stand behind its most basic principles of freedom and democracy.
- 200 years later, the U.S. continues to evolve in an effort to serve the needs of its citizens and ensure basic freedoms and liberties.
What can you do?
Now that you're inspired, take action on July 4th.