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Tuesday, July 4, 2017
1776 – American Revolution: the United States Declaration of Independence is approved by the Second Continental Congress
"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."
1826 – Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, dies the same day as John Adams, second president of the United States, on the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence.
“About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful.
“It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of
progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences
which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and
that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something
more modern. But that reasoning cannot be applied to this great charter.
“If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed
with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just
powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no
progress can be made beyond these propositions.
“If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only
direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but
backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the
individual, no rule of the people.
“Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to
progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but
more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.”
– Calvin Coolidge
"Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." - Ronald Reagan