Independence Day marks an annual consecration of the principles of unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
This is a holiday for family gatherings, cookouts, parades and fireworks. It is a time to celebrate the good life that Americans have made through our nation’s special commitment to independence and liberty, but it is also a time to pause for reflection on freedom itself.
My grandfather was captain of submarine O-10 in Portsmouth when a war was fought to end all wars, and my father was part of the “greatest generation,” serving in the Navy in WWII and then as a Veteran’s Administration doctor for 50 years. I grew up knowing the sacrifices freedom required to confront existential threats.
As Benjamin Franklin famously remarked, when asked what form of government the delegates at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 had formed, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
Keeping our republic in 2014 means fully accepting responsibility for the gift of freedom passed from earlier generations and fighting to preserve and extend it as our legacy to our children. An educated citizenry committed to Constitutional liberties and exercising freedom through voting, public service, and national defense is a precious heritage.
On July 4, 2014, let us vow to keep it.
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