When the American colonists broke the bonds with England in 1776, our founders crafted a vision of liberty quite distinct from King George’s version of governance. The founders believed that individuals, not the state, could chart their own destinies via self-rule. They were prepared to sacrifice their lives to build a new nation, and they gradually created a farsighted Constitution.
In the present era of big government, it’s important to remember that America was forged on the principle of individual liberty. Free individuals cannot only seek opportunities, but also create opportunities.
Freedom is an inherent, natural right that can neither be granted, nor withdrawn by others. Yet it must be developed, nurtured and protected in order to flourish. Ronald Reagan said, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." If we fall asleep at the switch, we could witness an erosion of our liberties.
The Declaration and Constitution are not Republican or Democratic, not conservative or liberal, not religious or atheist. They are uniquely American, and that’s enough for me.