Monday, July 1, 2013

Our Founding Fathers

In this week leading up to the Fourth of July that I wanted to take a few moments and reflect on some of our Founding Fathers.  It is important to keep their memory alive.  These Founding Fathers took great risk to create a country that acknowledged God gives human beings unalienable rights including Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. That governments are instituted among men to secure these rights.

We live in a day and age where people are fixated with their rights... be it political or economic rights...  People are quick to declare that they are owed something by someone...  It is almost as if we have become a land of teenagers who wrap themselves in selfishness and reckless abandon of our fellow countrymen.  It is with this understanding that we look back on several of our Founding Fathers who united  behind the common cause of U.S. Independence from Great Britain, and despotism from a monarch who would rather subjugate a people than encourage their development.

Ben Franklin invested a considerable amount of human capital in our struggle for Independence. A self-made man in practically every sense of the word, Franklin showed a continual desire to make the most of his time here on earth.  While every Founding Father brought a high degree of competence and character to Philadelphia that summer in 1776, it was Franklin who became a super-organizer of this event.

Franklin helped gather the best and the brightest minds together.  With each colony present, they forged a master-mind alliance with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. And with it they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

This year marks the 237th anniversary of that great moment in time. It is my hope that we all contribute to that experiment in self-government called America.

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