Independence Day Reflections

Posted by Doug Kinsey - 08 July, 2013

Some thoughts on Independence Day
As you are enjoying your hot dog, parade, and/or day of fun and relaxation, take a minute to think about what today represents.

"We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
----The Declaration of Independence






As I stood outside my house yesterday, watching my American flag blow in the wind, I thought it might be a good time to re-read the Declaration of Independence, the last paragraph of which is reproduced above.


If you haven't read it in a while, I highly recommend it. Maybe everyone should read it once a year, on the 4th of July. Not so much because we should celebrate war on our British allies, but to commemorate the act of unshackling a people from tyranny and lack of self-determination. There's a link to the National Archives website at the end of this article if you'd like to read it. Only takes about 5 minutes.


Not many of us have to worry about pledging "our lives, our fortunes or our sacred honor" to wage war on an oppressive power. However, if you read the history of the men who signed this document, they were in fact, truly sacrificing themselves to the cause. Some lost their lives, their fortunes and their families in the defense of their beliefs.


Nowadays, Americans remain in the truly enviable position of self-determination. We have the government that represents (basically) the aspirations of our forefathers - elected representatives OF the people. A government designed BY the people, and a system of laws to enable due process.


Americans, and all free people in developed nations, have the ability, the time, and the capacity to concentrate on fulfilling their purpose and meaning in life.


And since the pursuit of happiness is directly related to financial independence, that's where we focus our efforts as a firm - helping you either become financially independent or helping you stay that way.


That's what we'll remind ourselves of this Independence Day. I hope you find your own meaning in this glorious holiday.




Declaration of Independence

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