As American patriots head into Independence Day of 2021, many find themselves questioning the basic premises of the underlying themes of that day. The 4th of July is a celebration of American’s founding as a free nation. But what is the state of the American state today? Thomas Jefferson, enshrining our liberties in the Declaration of Independence, stated that governments must be formed that protect our rights:
“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 … [And] that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
These rights, our founders declared, allow us to protect our values and our way of life. Two hundred forty-five years later, how are we doing?