We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. 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.
Beneath the fractiousness and timidity, lay a fierceness of purpose and dedication to liberty that carried them through to victory. After more than two centuries, do we, as Americans, still possess that fierceness to continue even a few more years?
Jefferson wrote in that Declaration of Independence, "Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."
Do we still possess the dedication to right ourselves and correct the wrongs that have been done? On this dark 4th, I pray that we do.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.