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July 4, 2022
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Happy Independence Day and happy 246th birthday to the United States of America! No, this nation was not born in 1619 when slaves first arrived, no matter how many trinkets liberal “journalists” award themselves for creating bogus history. It was born on July 4th, 1776, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which officially kicked out the previous regime and kicked off history’s greatest experiment in freedom.

Today is when all Americans celebrate our freedoms. But sadly, too many young Americans have been miseducated to feel no gratitude for the titanic struggles and sacrifices made by those of previous generations to secure and preserve those freedoms. As the recent pandemic proved, even those who recognize how lucky they are to be Americans are often too willing to trade away their freedoms in exchange for hollow promises of security. As the great philosopher Joni Mitchell once said, “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.”

That’s why the Founding Fathers took such care to lock our most important rights safely within the First Amendment to the Constitution. There are more freedoms guaranteed in that one short sentence than people in most nations can even dream of. That’s why for centuries now, people from around the world have risked their lives to come to America (by the way, why do the same people who think America is the worst nation on Earth also demand open borders to accommodate all the people who want to be Americans?) It’s also why legal immigrants are often more patriotic than natural-born Americans: they’re aware of how unique America is and truly grateful for the freedoms too many of us take for granted.

The Founders understood how precious and rare such freedoms are. When the framers of the Constitution first met in 1787, many feared that if they created a strong federal government, it would trample the rights of the people, just like the British king they’d fought to break free of. So to make sure the people’s rights would always be protected, they added 10 amendments - although George Mason thought they were so important, they should come first, as the Preface to the Constitution!

Now, in case you’ve never heard it or have just forgotten (as too many federal judges and a few Supreme Court Justices I could name apparently have), here is the First Amendment, in its entirety. Don’t worry, this won’t take long:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Yep, that’s it. This was before government needed a 2,000-page bill just to ruin your health insurance or put $2 trillion on your credit card. Only 45 simple words were needed to protect our rights… 

* To speak freely without fear of government retribution...

* To publish your thoughts so that other Americans can read and debate them (even if they don’t echo the views of people who work at Facebook and Twitter)…

* To band together with like-thinking Americans and protest peacefully without fear of arrest (Note: protesting peacefully does not include rioting, arson, vandalism and looting)…

* To petition our leaders to change their policies…

* And to be free from having an official state religion forced upon us, but also from government interference with the free expression of our personal religious beliefs (like telling us that going to church is nonessential and banned, but going to the liquor store is essential.) A lot of people celebrate the first half of that religious right (no state religion) but pretend the second half (no state interference in religion) doesn’t exist.

Until recently, the Supreme Court seemed hesitant to make clear that it means what it says, even though it takes only six words to say it: “…or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Fortunately, that appears to be changing. Also, note that the phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear in the so-called “Establishment clause” of the First Amendment, or anywhere in the Constitution. In other words, trying to ban religious people from public office and expressions of faith on public property is not supported by the Constitution.

These are the rights that together create the exceptional free American culture that those of who know real history celebrate today. The Founders thought they were all so important that somehow, they found a way to list every single one of them first.

Then, just to be certain that no future government ever tried to take those rights away, they made the very next amendment the right to bear arms. And having just fought a bloody Revolution against the most powerful military force on Earth with citizen soldiers, they certainly never intended to limit gun ownership only to military members.

And perhaps most importantly, they emphasized that these rights are given by God, not government. None of them can ever be repealed. So no matter how hard some people are trying to scratch some of them off of the parchment, it won’t make a lick of difference. You can’t edit God.

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  • Fred Halil Sayin

    07/07/2022 04:43 PM

    Children today need to go back 200 years and a couple days live life with what was available at that time; no electricity, no motor vehicles, landline phones only for the rich, no plumbing, no airplanes, no cell phones, no video games and boys and men must wear suspenders as the zipper wasn't invented until around 1920. This leads to an interesting question: Would Hillary Clinton have worn suspenders to wear pants if the zipper had never been invented?

  • Mary Ge

    07/05/2022 01:07 PM

    You should forward a copy of "Happy Independence Day, America" along with a copy of the Constitution to every member of Congress. Most of them have never read the Constitution and your article simplifies the intent so even they might be able to grasp its meaning.

  • Rory Winton

    07/05/2022 06:33 AM

    Mr. Huckabee
    Thank you for being a lighthouse when so many things seem to have a dark shadow cast over it in our country today. I am grateful for all the knowledge and insight you share with so many of us. I was born with God inside of me and an American flag in my hand. God bless America and all who believe in her! I am grateful for Patriots like yourself whom share the same beliefs as the founding fathers, and what God intended for us to have Freedom and Free will. God bless!

  • Rosie R Simonsen

    07/04/2022 11:08 PM

    Thank you for all that you said, It helped to make my day better, With all that happened today in IL its been a sad day, but your message returned the Sonshine, Thankful for people like you who stand up for what is right and the reminder of what our country started out protecting, The people who want to punish us today for what took place before we were born are just looking for free stuff and do not want to work for what they have, I[M proud to be an American some of my family was here before anyone knew there was a mass of land here to become America, Some of them came from England and Scottland, but I have always said I am American and if ask my nationality I tell the Hillbilly and proud because you will find that Hill Billies work hard and love thier country, So thank you for your time have a blessed week and as we know God will take care of us,

  • Garry Black

    07/04/2022 07:51 PM

    To completely remove religion from any government source is in itself a violation of the "establishment clause" by establishing the national religion of Atheism. Since it's a religious belief even with a national organization using the same tax exemption as other religions. Atheists go nuts when you point out their belief system as a religion. Darwins theory which Atheism clings to has been disproven. It's not science by any stretch of the imagination just junk science to "prove" the Arian race as the most "evolved". Though spices do develop within themselves their is absolutely no true scientific evidence of one species "evolving" to another leaving Atheism a religious theory therefore a religion.

  • Kenneth Robert Brack

    07/04/2022 06:35 PM

    Thank you for stating clearly, on Independence Day, the real purpose of the Second Amendment.

  • Rick Cooper

    07/04/2022 06:34 PM

    Just as the "Tech Elite" and others on the left do not seem to understand the prohibition in the First Ammendment to the U.S. Constitution, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, when is comes to something disagreeable to them; nor do they seem to understand the simple language contained in the Constitution's Second Ammendment, "(S)hall not be infringed".

  • DARRELL MOECK

    07/04/2022 05:24 PM

    Once again, Gov. Huckabee right to the point on First Amendment rights..."You can’t edit God."...our great Country will survive the current destruction of the "Bill of Rights" and will recycle to Peace & Prosperity even for the haters and destructors of the USA...indeed we are a Nation diverse in view points but always respectful even if we disagree. The "dross" in our "melting pot"
    will be removed or changed by the "Rule of Law" established by our Constitution. Never give up...Freedom is always a fight for what is right.

  • Les Haveman

    07/04/2022 05:07 PM

    Another great article- “Happy Independence Day”. Many good points, including the paragraph on the first Amendment. You are correct when you state “separation of church and state” is not in our constitution. I find it interesting that phrase WAS included in a constitution at one time- Article 53 of the Constitution of the defunct USSR. See where it got them! Thanks Mike.

  • Joy Berner

    07/04/2022 04:28 PM

    Thank you, Gov. Huckabee. Some truths should be repeated again and again as your tribute to the Fourth of July does so well. May God hold off His judgment on our nation and grant us mercy during these dark days of Democrat rule. What a shame these forces of evil have brought upon our nation and misleading so many, especially the young.

    Yes, may God have mercy on America.