Americans are not a resigned people. We have never gone sheepishly into that dark pit of oppression – be it monarchy, corptocracy, or any other thug. Those brave individuals who took that dangerous step of cutting ties with the empire of England, were, I believe, very much like the best of us today.
On July 4th, as they set pen to Thomas Jefferson’s masterful declaration of Independence, each one was painfully aware of his signature’s significance. Yes, they were proclaiming their beliefs in their compatriots in this land – and the people of all lands. Yet they also realized the personal sacrifice involved. This paper proclaimed their willingness to immerse themselves in an undeniable declaration of war. Their families, their lands, their holdings would all come under attack, and life as they knew it would never be the same. And they signed it boldly all the same. And the war did come. It was a war that marked this people’s – this new nation’s – zero tolerance of oppression. It demonstrated to a weary world their instant willingness to gather and kick back against those who would trample their freedoms for the benefit of English merchant princes.
This day, as in every age, oppressors rise up among us. There seems to be never any shortage of conniving people who place personal enrichment over the common good. And once more, my fellows in this America take aim at the oppressors and fight the injustices as they see them arise. So on this July 4, 2018, I am grateful to be an American, grateful for the freedoms that were won for me by our nation’s founders, and ever after.
But much more, I cannot but help feel a powerful surge of pride to be part of those Americans of today who, as we speak, are continuing to set their pens to Mr. Jefferson’s Declaration. No, not all Americans join this fight. Even during the American Revolution, nearly two thirds of colonials remained loyal to the British monarch.
Yet by the millions Americans continue to set their muscle, time and resources in the fight to sustain a just society. Their methods and causes are numerous. You can find them everywhere. Our zero tolerance for oppressors continues. And that, my compatriots, makes my heart soar with hope on this Independence Day.
– Bart Jackson