Today is July 4th, 2009.
It was upon this day 233 years ago that our forefathers declared this country a free and independent nation from the sovereignty of any other.
True independence did not happen overnight. It was a long, hard fought battle known as the American Revolution that earned us the inalienable rights to life, liberty, the freedom of happiness, and other things like the ability to vote in free elections however we decide.
There have been those in the past that sought to take our freedoms away.
There have been those that still seek to do that today, not only to America, but to other countries as well.
But we should not, and MUST NOT forget what it took to enjoy the rights we have today, and what is required to maintain them in the future: patience, vigilance, with knowledge and respect of past efforts so that the next attempt of anyone who tries to take the rights of others away is as unsuccessful as all the previous ones; in hope that one day these would be oppressors come to their senses and stop all this foolishness and learn to live in harmony with their fellow man.
Lee Houston, Junior
The Free Choice e-zine.