Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, as most know it, is the most important holiday besides Christmas.
The Fourth of July commemorates the birth of the United States.
On July 4, 1776, the 13 British colonies on the East Coast declared their independence from England because of failed negotiations on oppression and religious and economic freedoms.
The signers of the Declaration of Independence were mostly people of faith, and when the 57 signers stepped up the table to sign the Declaration, they knew that they may be signing their death warrants. And many did lose their lives.
After the colonies won their freedom through a bloody conflict, they compiled the Constitution that the country would be governed by.
The Constitution is a unique document based on biblical principles. The Constitution defines our freedoms and the duties of each of the three branches of government, executive, legislative and judiciary.
The people control the governing of the country by electing representatives to the legislative and executive branch. Elections are very important. This is the time Americans select who runs the government.
For 242 years, America has been blessed as the longest ongoing constitutional republic in the history of the world. These blessings are not accidental, they are blessings of God. This is evident as we look at the turmoil in other nations and contrast that to the stability we see in America. Preserving American liberty depends first upon our understanding of the foundations on which this great country was built, and then it depends on preserving the principles on which it was founded.
Rush Limbaugh said, “America is great because of the individual, not because of any elite government. This country has produced opportunity and prosperity unlike the world has ever see before. This is a nation blessed by God.”
Most Americans are innovative, hardworking and have faith in the almighty. America is great because of its generosity.
However, Benjamin Franklin, a delegate to the founding of the Constitution, warned Americans that they had formed a republic if the people could keep it. What he meant was that Americans must be vigilant in keeping the Constitution and not lettin corruption change it.
Independence Day is not just a day to celebrate, it is a day to rededicate ourselves to defend the Constitution from foreign and domestic enemies.
America has met many challenges over its 242-year history. Its citizens have always step up to meet these challenges. That is why we have the greatest country in the world.
So, today let’s celebrate America’s birthday and give thanks to the dedicated men and women who sacrificed so must for America’s greatness.
Huey P. O’Neal is retired from the U.S. Air Force and lives in West Monroe.