With Independence Day in the rear view mirror, I am still taken by the most famous sentence in the history of the governance of mankind:
“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.”
It is a powerful statement filled with meaning for the world and Americans who have lived with it for 243 years. It inspired our country in rebellion, in the Revolution, and in the development of other similarly meaningful documents such as the United States Constitution. It is the core value of our national philosophy and governance.
Our countrymen fought to make it a reality.