Two-hundred and thirty-five years ago today, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress after 56 men took the brave step of signing it. The document absolved all ties between the “united States of America,” as it was written in the Declaration, and the King of Great Britain.
Upon ratification, the signers knew unmerciful war would be unleashed upon the states, thousands would die, and they themselves would be branded as rebels and traitors. It was one of the bravest and most selfless acts in world history. Yes, world history.
The originators and signers of this document looked beyond the rights of their fellow citizens as they adopted the language that read, “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.”
“All men are created equal” has thus been the vision statement for this country ever since.
Generations later, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world visit the National Archives annually and gaze upon the now badly faded document that launched the creation of the United States of America and the spread of freedom to every man, woman and child.
God Bless America!