“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.”
These words from the Declaration of Independence are the first stirrings of the freedoms that we now enjoy, including the Freedoms of Speech and Press. Without which, none of what we in the Fourth Estate do would have any meaning. So, today we must remember the meaning of July 4th – Independence Day. Have a Happy Fourth.