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Happy Independence Day! From where I’m laying in my bed, I can hear the distant sound of fireworks. I am thankful for my country, even when it’s easy to get cynical and disillusioned. We still have a good foundation of freedom that many people on this planet don’t have. We have tough times, but we still have reason to celebrate.

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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.