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This 4th Of July: Requiem For Freedoms Long Gone?

• by Brig Gen (ret) Blaine

Thomas Jefferson's inspired words live on: "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."

Can you imagine how electric the atmosphere must have been on that steamy summer day when the Founders, having agreed to the brave separation from the British Crown on July 4, 1776 - committed their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to each other as 51 of the 56 signers executed the Declaration of Independence.

The American Constitution is the longest standing governing document in the history of the world. We owe the Founders not just gratitude, but a civic commitment backed by our lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to protect and preserve liberty.

Free people in hot pursuit of their happiness are quite an excitable and often unruly lot.

Established old money elites and entrenched academics have long denigrated the power and influence that came from innovation and hard work.