In 1776 on the 4th of July, a bunch of men signed the Declaration of Independence. We tend to celebrate Independence day here in the United States of America with cookouts, parties, fireworks and festivals all over the country. Take a minute to think about what that day really is about. We celebrate the bravery of some men who decided that it would be better to be labeled traitors and enemies of the crown than to continue living under the tyranny that existed. They took a stand and in doing so wrote this declaration that gave the people of the colonies the “right of revolution”. They held that there are certain rights that people have that cannot be taken away by the government and if those rights are taken away, then the people have the right to abolish that same government.
The Declaration of Independence wasn’t just silently mailed to the King of England. Hundreds of copies were made and read aloud in city squares throughout the colonies. It was published in the newspapers. They didn’t keep it quiet! They needed the help of all the people of the colonies if they were to be able to stand up to the King’s soldiers that were sure to be coming for their heads as soon as the Declaration reached him. In hind sight, we know how it turned out, but those signers had no way of knowing that the instant word of the Declaration was breathed in public that they would not be hunted down and hung as traitors!
Starting a revolution isn’t easy. It takes bravery and a willingness to fail big! Are you ready to start your own revolution and do something that could change the course of history?…or at least the course of your life!
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