On this 236th Anniversary of the publishing of the Declaration of Independence, let us celebrate Liberty and remember our roots as we have not remembered them in a long time.
The Declaration is the statement of our Founding Principles. We are the only nation in history built on principles, not on an ethnicity, a ruler or a ruling class. The principle is simply that we as human beings have fundamental rights that governments cannot take away. This is the essence of American Exceptionalism.
The Heritage Foundation has a good blog post this morning titled "Does the Declaration still Matter?" Of course it does--at least to American Patriots. To Progressives, not so much. To those who want to fundamentally transform America, it is a stumbling block.
All the more important that on today of all days we read and understand the Declaration.
I've written a post about the Making of the Declaration at the Washington Times Communities and I recommend it to you.
If you head on over to the Liberty School page, I've uploaded a pdf of the Declaration suitable for printing.