- Cullman, Alabama


July 4, 2014

EDITORIAL: Truth and independence

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” — Thomas Paine

Somewhere along a colonial road between Lexington and Concord, Americans found their courage and resolve to become independent.

Opposed by Great Britain’s powerful army, a rag-tag assortment of farmers and town folk and a loosely formed militia sent the British on their way. The revolution was under way beyond the sharp words of Thomas Paine and the fire of Patrick Henry.

While the early years of what became the United States were filled with uncertainty and the potential of failure time after time, the realization grew that an opportunity existed to build what had never been seen before in the world. When the bloodshed of the war ended, the revolution moved to the halls of debate, where intellectual brilliance merged with common sense.

The belief that people were created equal and entitled to certain rights grew with fierce arguments that evolved into the Constitution. Along the way, Americans have argued whether the nation should have a strong central government or a more powerful structure of independent states. Many of those arguments still exist, but the American people have many accomplishments in 238 years.

With the dawning of the Independence Day, looking back for perspective on the roots of American character is always worthwhile. The fact that people should have freedoms and should not be enslaved by government is a way of life that should always be preserved.

The freedoms of assembly, voting and a free press are key elements of the American doctrine and lifestyle. Moving forward from this day, we should find the interest and determination to make government work for us. Stay involved in your communities and government at every level. These freedoms are a gift from forward-thinking people many years ago. The establishment of a country based on freedom and personal liberties remains an extraordinary accomplishment to this day.

Happy Independence Day.

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