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July 4, 2021

Happy Independence Day and happy 245th 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 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 really 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 those words so that other Americans can read and debate them (even if they disagree with the views of the people who own 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 and looting, but it should include simply stepping inside the Capitol when the door is open)…

* 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. The Supreme Court even seems to be reticent lately 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.” Also, note that the phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear 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 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, 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. 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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  • Mrs. Claire King

    07/05/2021 02:17 PM

    Happy 4th of July!!! Thank you so much for your site. We live in Prescott, Arizona it is the closest place this side of Heaven for us. Our town is not perfect but close to it. We are a very conservative God fearing community in Arizona. We have had what I would say was one of the best and blessed weekends in our town since 1976. We have a Rodeo parade every year over the 4th of July. Flags are flying, bands are playing people are smiling and children are learning about how wonderful this country is. The Kiwanis Club has a Kiddie parade the day before our big rodeo parade. The Kiddie parade has been going on for 79 years. Our children were in it and now our grandchildren are in it. Our local Churches are apart of the life of our town and for many of us they remind us about what true freedom is all about. The 4th of July is a time to remember what a truly wonderful country God has given us. With all of its wonderful traditions that have been apart of this wonderful time of celebrations we still in our town take time out to stop and thank God for His gifts and we take time to thank the men and women who have given so much for our town, state, country and yes, even our world. If you ever have any free time come to Prescott, Arizona. Our core is truly founded in what makes this country great. We have a local talk radio shows on locally owned radio stations. The one we listen to is KYCA 1490 on the AM dial. Ok! I am bragging a bit. I can do that my husband has a talk show every Monday morning at eight. It is fun and very interesting to be apart of a town. It is a bit like being apart of a Church Family. It can be wonderful, fun, uplifting, warm, meaningful, thought provoking and right down maddening. I could go on but there is not enough time on this earth for that. What I want you to know I enjoy your site. I always learn and even if I do not like what I am learning I know it is the truth. You also make me laugh and I like that you give us the information and we can do our own research if we want to. I do hope you and your family have had a very blessed 4th of July and I also hope that someday you do come to visit our not perfect but almost perfect town in Arizona. God Bless and Prayers!!!! Mrs. Claire King Prescott, Arizona

  • Frances H Tiger

    07/05/2021 12:33 PM

    I've been loving your kind and wise words over these turbulent times. I cannot believe what's happening to our beloved country. If America is so terrible, why are so many others from all over the world crossing our borders (illegally, of course) to get here. If you don't like it, PLEASE go back to where you came from. We only want true Americans here.

  • Mandy Gillespie

    07/05/2021 12:28 PM

    Time in erodes awareness of – Andy Stanley

    The longer we (occupy) attend a particular church (environment), the less aware of it you become. Every ministry (environment) communicates something, there is no such thing as a neutral environment.
    My pastor reminds us of this valid point on occasion, it is applicable in the state of our country. Established occupants since the documentation and signing of the Amendments and immigrants of recent decades are divided be time.

  • William Christopher Brinkley

    07/05/2021 12:16 PM

    Thank you. You are the best. I look forward to your newsletters, but this edition is one of my favorites. We need voices like yours right now.
    I also want to thank for your kind words about Larry McMurtry following his death. My Dad is a big fan of the Lonesome Dove television series. You inspired me to read them, and I am so glad I did. I had just finished Brock & Bodie Thoene's "Legends of the West" series and was interested in reading more.
    Thank you.

  • Adele Gauer

    07/05/2021 10:28 AM

    God bless you Governor Huckabee
    My husband and I so appreciate you and your efforts to promote all that is good and precious about our Country and her brave, generous and patriotic men, women and children
    We faithfully watch your show on TBN

  • Louis Clare Degg

    07/05/2021 05:10 AM

    An awesome statement of the truth. Being a veteran I know what this great nation stands for! The blood that has been shed to preserve it and the great and beautiful flag the represents it. DON'T DISGRACE THIS GREAT NATION OF THE AMERICAN FLAG! I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America; and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

  • Mark Beckstein

    07/05/2021 12:25 AM

    Your newsletter on the 4th was spot on what America & the constitution are and how
    important it is to never sway from that..thank you for your patriotism and divine wisdom you share with us..

  • Barbara whitehurst

    07/04/2021 09:34 PM

    The 4th celebration was beyond. AWESOME. Loved the historian! Such a blessing- I love your program & always watch on Saturday night. Thank you governor Huckabee

  • Debbie Lattanzio

    07/04/2021 08:21 PM

    God Bless America! The land of the free and the Brave!

  • Thomas Saneford

    07/04/2021 07:17 PM

    Amen Brother Huckabee, preach it Sir, we need more Patriots like you.

  • janet witmer

    07/04/2021 06:55 PM

    The apathy we have in the United States, for our freedom is a result of every individual adult in this country. It is not to late to be an accountable American.

  • William Gaudette

    07/04/2021 06:37 PM

    Thanks Mike, the same for you and your great family.
    Bill Gaudette
    US Army Retired

    PS: I have written a memo to the CCP but no reply. The CCP I called them in my correspondence, Cocoa Cola Communist Products Co. asking them to wake up but not be woken

  • Myra Shelt

    07/04/2021 06:17 PM

    You are always Right on. I love your posts. God is not dead. This is one nation under God.

  • Margaret Johnson

    07/04/2021 05:44 PM

    Praying for you, your family and all your staff!
    Have a GREAT July 4, 2021! ????
    I’m so happy to have found your site. Your emails make my mornings!
    God Blessings on you and yours! ??????????

  • Luis Chacon

    07/04/2021 04:55 PM

    Best 4th of July commentary I’ve read in a long time and a reminder (new information to many) of how profound are founding fathers were with such simple words. Thank you.

  • Margaret Kost

    07/04/2021 04:44 PM

    Happy 245th Birthday, Americans!
    Let us thank the Creator for our Republic and our wonderful Constitution.
    Let us never take our freedoms for granted.
    Hope you are celebrating another year in this beautiful land blessed by Almighty God.

  • John Sperline

    07/04/2021 04:10 PM

    Those whose only apparently quality is the ability to complain and denigrate America have one additional freedom - to leave. I encourage them to do so at their earliest opportunity.

  • Rebecca K

    07/04/2021 03:40 PM

    Thank you, Brother Huckabee! You're always on point!

  • Rita Schillin

    07/04/2021 02:57 PM

    Your independence email was forwarded to me today and it was inspiring to read your words… they give hope in what seems like a hopeless time. Do our government officials read this? It should be mandatory before they begin any state or congressional session. Thank you for a wonderful newsletter and message.

  • Vicki Whalen

    07/04/2021 12:31 PM

    Just a correction to this newsletter. You said you and your staff will resume on Monday, July 11th. Monday is July 12th. I look forward to you resuming your wonderful newsletter, whenever you do. Thanks.

  • HelenC

    07/04/2021 12:06 PM

    Sometimes the people who appreciate freedoms we enjoy from birth are appreciated more by those who were not born in USA. They were born in countries ruled by dictators. May USA get out from under the dictatorship that is currently taking over in DC now.

  • Ruth McCleeary

    07/04/2021 11:58 AM

    That 4th of July message was awesome. I would love to have a hard copy of it for a book special essays I collect. If it’s not possible, I can write it out long hand. God bless you. Love you show on TBN, too!

  • JOHN

    07/04/2021 10:46 AM

    THANK YOU For the (Happy Independence Day America) Article Was just going to search for THAT information. John

  • Cesar Queirolo

    08/10/2020 04:08 PM

    You are right; you do not know what you have until you lose it. I was not born in this extraordinary country but I am more than willing to give my life to protect it from foreign and domestic enemies.

  • Patricia Burns

    07/04/2020 11:14 PM

    Sharing my own heartfelt thoughts at