Proud to Be an American

Townhall | 7/4/2019 | Staff
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I am proud to be an American. Yes, I know that our system of government is not perfect, but I firmly believe that it is the best in the world. We are an exceptional country -- not because our people are exceptional but because we have a different and exceptional structure of government. I am grateful that I was born an American.

We declared our independence from Great Britain 243 years ago this week. It happened after years of overreaching rule by King George III and Britain's insistence on taxation without representation. We had had enough.

Taxation - 1760s - Boston - Massacre - Boston

The taxation began in the 1760s. The Boston Massacre occurred in 1770, the Boston Tea Party in 1773 and the battles of Lexington and Concord in April of 1775.

Patrick Henry's call to action, "Give me liberty or give me death," made in the spring of 1775, was the first strong public statement that if we were to be free, then we would have to fight Britain. Before that, we believed that we could negotiate with Britain.

Henry - Choice - Death

Henry stated it clearly: Our choice was liberty or death.

Our founders chose to take the challenge and declared our independence from Britain on July 4, 1776. When they signed the declaration, they knew that they were putting their lives at risk. They British would see them as traitors. Yet, they signed.

Declaration - Independence - Truths - Men - Creator

Our Declaration of Independence proclaims: "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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

The declaration of these so-called self-evident truths sets us apart. Other nations are founded on power belonging to an individual (dictator) or...
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