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July 4, 2023

Happy Independence Day and happy 247th 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 Google)…

* To band together with like-thinking Americans and protest peacefully without fear of arrest…

* 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. 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 with recent rulings. 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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  • Elizabeth Houghton

    07/10/2023 01:54 AM

    Thank you for referring to our nation's birthday as 'Independence Day,' rather than as simply a date on the calendar. Thanks for all you do to keep us aware and awake!

  • Bill Broyles

    07/04/2023 07:16 PM

    The whole concept of separation of church and state has been completely twisted by the left. Thomas Jefferson in his private letter to a minister, used the phrase as a way of amplifying the first amendment. The purpose was to prevent the government from stepping into religion, not prohibiting religion.

  • Ernest Marshall Buckles

    07/04/2023 06:26 PM

    I am at home, recovering from a fall which fractured my shoulder (it's not the fall which hurts, it's the sudden stop! ;>) so I could not attend it in person, however, I was able to watch the annual Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello via online broadcast. It was very touching and inspiring to see people who LOVE the United States, who want to be here, to be part of us! May God bless all of them! May God bless you and your staff and families and may God bless the United States of America! Respectfully, Marshall Buckles, 15919 St. Peters Church Road, Montpelier, VA 23192 (Hanover County, VA)

    PS - I was also reminded of the song "An American Hymn":

    "I have seen a summer day
    That slowly opens like a rose
    Along a quiet road that wanders by
    And I have smiled and wonder'd
    Where it goes

    I have stumbled through the night
    Alone as any man can be
    Then found a silent canyon full of stars
    And in my heart I heard them telling me
    I was home

    The gentle winds, the rains that fall

    The tallest trees, and I'm part of it all

    I've seen the silver mountain tops
    And golden prairies on my way
    Now everywhere I go across the land
    I stand so proudly in the sun and say
    I am home

    I've dreamed of eden all my life
    I find it more and more each day
    Now everywhere I go across the land
    I stand so proudly in the sun and say
    I am home"

  • Joel Pinter

    07/04/2023 02:30 PM

    Hi, Thanks! Happy 4th!

  • Jo Anne Roberts

    07/04/2023 02:22 PM

    Well said! Thank you for your thoughtful comments about our Constitution. May God give us the will to uphold the Freedoms already given to us.

  • Paul E Livingston

    07/04/2023 11:53 AM

    Independence Day, July 4,

    what to say?
    “Happy Independence Day!”

    Let’s celebrate in unison and as like-minded people the Declaration of Independence. It declares “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 them are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    Guided by the Declaration of Independence, a new government was formed with the Constitution of the United States signed September 17, 1787. It starts with “We the People of the United States” granting certain legislative powers in creating this new government. The individual freedom and liberty have served America well to become an economic power house, leader of the Free World, a high standard of living and individual envy of the World.

    Yet over time the freedom from kingly taxation and rule has been taken over by the federal government with the 16th Amendment (direct taxation) and the I.R.S. Now is the time to “Take back control” with the passage of the FAIRtax Act of 2023, HR 25 to regain our lost civil rights, freedom and liberty. At you can learn more, view the two videos on How it works and the “Prebate”, join in and contribute. Please forward this message to your network.

  • 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,