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By: Charles W. Boatright

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable 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!

Thomas Jefferson pinned these immortal words on a piece of parchment that set in motion one of the most revolutionary ideas on earth, up to that time. That all men and women had an equal opportunity to pursue their dreams and purpose in life.

James Madison pinned these specific rights that people had in pursuing those dreams in The U.S. Constitution Bill of Rights, of the right to express those ideas and the ability to secure those rights in the First and Second Amendment.

President Abraham Lincoln explained the cost paid to secure those same ideas four score and seven years later that stated that all men and women had the equal opportunity to pursue these ideas under the Banner of Freedom under ONE NATION. President Lincoln summed these rights up in a simple speech that he pinned on the train heading to Gettysburg, PA. President Lincoln gave what became The Gettysburg Address on November 14, 1863 to dedicate a battle that occurred on July 3rd of that same year.

What was interesting about President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was that he wasn’t the Keynote Speaker. President Lincoln’s speech lasted for a little over 2 minutes and didn’t even receive that much attention at the time. Now every 5th grader reads about this speech.

The Freedoms and Liberties that we enjoy that allow us to share ideas and pursue those same ideas came at a tremendous price here and on foreign battlefields. Americans have died to give others the same Freedoms and Liberties that we enjoy here. We didn’t ask for anything in return; except that all men could live in peace.

I would like to dedicate this to a personal hero, CWO Donovan Briley, that was KIA on October 23, 1993 in Mogadishu, Somalia, a battle that was recounted in a book and movie by the same name, Blackhawk Down, by Mark Bowden.

We both joined the U.S. Army in our senior year of high school.  

Just a note, unalienable Rights are rights that can’t be taken away. When we compromise other people’s rights, we give birth to a Totalitarian form of government. We fought the last World War against the notion that certain people and their ideas should be cancelled. Debate only makes for a better understanding between all of us.

HAPPY 4th of July and God Bless our Great Country!

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