Happy, happy, happy 4th of July weekend!
On the Fourth of July in 1776, the Continental Congress declared independence from Great Britain through the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. On this great day, we can look back with respect at the bravery of our Founding Fathers: at their moxie in choosing to dissolve ties with the greatest empire of the day, at their savvy in establishing a revolutionary form of government, and at their integrity in making that government by the people, for the people and of the people.
Today, we celebrate the timeless words of Thomas Jefferson:
“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”
However, on this day of celebration, we reflect that we haven’t yet, even now in 2020, achieved those lofty ideals penned by our founders. We acknowledge that virulent strains of racism have infected the fabric of our great America and inescapably stained our shared history.
This year, as we celebrate the birth of our United States of America, I pray that we actually unite in a shared pursuit to deliver these unalienable, and as yet unrealized, rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness for all members of our human race.
A couple of thoughts come to mind:
- Perhaps most obviously, I’d like to join Angelica Schuyler (for you Hamilton fans out there) in extending Jefferson’s statement of equality to include women, and children. #Hamilton
- With the benefit of hindsight, it’s hard to read these words while recognizing the brutal facts of American slavery that was rampant in 1776 and the underlying spirit of racism which has yet to be killed. I encourage all of us to live the words of the declaration to the highest extent, actively stamping out racism wherever we may encounter it.
- To that end, when we see any group of people in our country denied the unalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, it’s our duty to exercise our civic rights to vote to ensure that these rights are accessible to all Americans.
- I’d like to ask each of us to consider our fellow Americans whose pursuit of their inalienable rights may be threatened by a disability or sickness. How might we better come alongside those who struggle in these ways?
- Finally, I’d like to extend a heart-felt THANK YOU to our active military, to our veterans and to those many civil servants who have displayed the courage to sacrifice to preserve our freedoms.
Keepsake Tales is proud that our work has the awesome potential to advance this vision of equality and to be a change agent moving our American nation forward.
Our statement of belief echo’s the words penned by Thomas Jefferson: At Keepsake Tales, we exist because we believe that every child is one of a kind and intrinsically valuable.