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July 4, 2013

EDITORIAL: A declaration of freedom

Let us celebrate America’s birthday “When in the course of human events …”

TERRE HAUTE — It is a fitting tradition that on every July 4th we re-publish the most famous portions of the Declaration of Independence, the document whose signing we celebrate today.

In doing so, we’re reminded that democracy isn’t easy. It never has been. It never will be.

It wasn’t easy on July 4, 1776, in the summer heat of Philadelphia, Pa., when the Continental Congress took the extraordinary step of voting unanimously to declare the United States of America free and independent from the British crown.

It’s not easy today, July 4, 2013. But it’s worth the effort. We’re convinced Americans would not have it any other way.

The powerful words of that declaration speak for themselves still today.

“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.”

The founding fathers, by joining together in one of the greatest triumphs of human spirit ever recorded, set a sound ideological course. America quickly grew into a large and diverse country with a mix of ethnicities and cultures. That diversity remains today.

The United States’ success has come about for many reasons, including its complex but effective system of self-governance which relies on democratic ideals. Its Armed Forces have protected its people and kept them secure, thanks to the millions of men and women who’ve worn military uniforms and defended their country for more than two centuries. To them we owe eternal gratitude.

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

On this Independence Day, we observe the birth of a great country. Americans can be proud of what they have accomplished.

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