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Here is Link To Our July 4 Message: July 4: Exceptional Independence Day. Exceptional Country. https://preview.mailerlite.com/k6a3b8z0u2
America is not perfect. We are a nation of humans, not angels. Yet when we understood and respected our Constitution and founding principles of liberty written by the men who founded our country, America brought more wealth, opportunity and justice to more people than any other nation in history.
Abraham Lincoln explained this when he was in Philadelphia just before his 1861 Inauguration. He said our July 4 Declaration of Independence was about far more than “the mere separation of the colonies from the motherland”. He said its “sentiments” created a special nation that “gave liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but, I hope, to the world, for all future time”.
We recite those “sentiments” each Saturday before we began our breakfast discussions in Somers Point:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident. We are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights, governments are instituted exercising their just powers with the consent of the governed”.
Many nations like Mexico, Haiti, and dozens of former colonies in South America, Africa, and Asia also have an Independence Day. However, very few have long lines of migrants struggling to move there. Most have long lines of migrants struggling to get out. That is because those nations, unlike ours, were not “conceived in liberty” and dedicated to the proposition that each of us is “created equal” and endowed with certain “unalienable rights”.
Abraham Lincoln also pointed out in his 1860 Cooper Union Speech that most of our Founding Fathers opposed slavery and crafted both our Declaration of Independence and Constitution to end it. More than 310,000 white and 40,000 black Americans died in a Civil War that was fought because the obscene profits of cotton stopped a section of our country from ending slavery as most of those founding men contemplated.
Most of those founders, like Benjamin Franklin and John Adams also supported equality for women. Men and women alike learned to read and write in early America, and women greatly shaped the thoughts and opinions of the men who wrote the founding documents of our country. We know that from the letters and diaries they wrote.
The men who believed in ending slavery and in equal rights for women wrote the Declaration of Independence knowing it would shape the beliefs of those who did not agree with them at the time. They crafted our Constitution so it could be amended to secure equal rights for men and women of all races.
Until the Civil War of 1861-1865 killed 600,000 young American men on both sides, there was a scarcity of women in American. Virtually all adult women were married to men they chose. Until then, most adult men and women identified as one family unit, and not as separate individuals. However, when the Civil War changed that women quickly won equal voting and legal rights.
Until July 4, 1776, both slavery and less than equal rights for women were normal in most of the world. Today they are not. That is because the men who wrote the documents that created our United States, and Americans who understood and respected those documents, changed the world.
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