While July Fourth has special meaning for Americans, our Independence Day celebrates the concept of the sovereign individual, a world view and an ideal that extends far beyond our borders.
For centuries, man was ruled by autocrats and despots who owned everything and everyone, controlled all property, and had the authority to dictate the course of all events in their realm. Common man eked out his sparse existence with a constant anxiety about his uncertain future. No part of his day to day life was secure or safe from the whims of the monarch who controlled his fate.
The Declaration of Independence, by far the most important of our founding documents, ousted the ruling elite from their positions of power and destroyed the pedestals that supported their thrones.
This document declares the sovereignty of the individual, outlines the Natural Law Rights belonging to each of us by dint of our birth, summarizes the grievances against the British crown, justifies separation from the mother country, and sets out the proper place for government as the servant of the people.
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