Tuesday, July 1, 2014 — This week we celebrate the founding of our nation — the Declaration of Independence.
All across this great land of ours, most of us will celebrate America’s birthday Friday with fireworks, barbecues and a fine summer day and evening with family and friends free from the toil of our labors. But we also should remember the reason for the holiday.
While the Declaration of Independence, mostly credited to Thomas Jefferson, the nation’s third president, recites a lengthy catalog of grievances against the British crown and government and provides the colonists’ justification so the rest of the world might understand their decision to “dissolve the political bands” between the colonies and England, it is the second paragraph’s opening words that have become the underlying principle of this great land of ours — even though they have no real legal standing and were not included in the Constitution, the supreme law of the land.
Actually, Jefferson was a member of a five-person committee that also included Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman, men appointed by the Continental Congress to write the Declaration, according to constitution.com.
For the full Editorial and other opinions, read the Tuesday, June 24, 2014 edition of the Lassen County Times.