In a recent article, Former Congressman Allen B. West suggested that Americans should NOT celebrate the “Fourth Of July” since this is just a day on a calendar. Rather, Americans SHOULD celebrate their “Independence Day” and their blessed heritage of “liberty under law” that resulted from the courageous actions of our fathers. I heartily agree with Congressman West and would add that the central importance of what our founders did was intricately bound up in what they believed. And what they believed they expressed concisely and precisely in the document they published on July 4, 1776. Essentially they said:
- 1) there exists an Eternal God;
- 2) Our rights come from Him; and,
- 3) The purpose of government is to secure those very rights.
Recalling and celebrating these firmly held beliefs is the essence of our American heritage and the occasion to pass on the “Blessings of Liberty” to the next generation.
Michael Anthony Peroutka