The Liberation From England 's Despotism

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In a very short time, the United States grew from thirteen small colonies that were governed by a monarchy over 3,000 miles away into a self-sustaining democratic nation of fifty states. The liberation from England’s despotism occurred not by accident or happenstance, but from a collective whole of society whose moral resolve led to the famous phrase “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” (National Archives, 1776) written in America’s Declaration of Independence 239 years ago. These certain inalienable rights are our nation’s backbone for what we stand for and what we believe in. Our government, the government our forefather’s created, is responsible for the freedoms we experience on a daily basis. However, what are we doing as a nation to ensure that the same rights and reasons for which they fought for are being preserved so that we not only retain our present way of life but also improve upon it for ourselves and future generations to come? When government is spoken of often it sounds as if it is its own entity enabled to make its own decisions free from repercussions as well as accountability. As if it was a person that could be disciplined for misbehaving. The government did this…or the government did that…or can you believe what they are doing in Washington? Have we forgotten what President Lincoln said in his Gettysburg Address: “…That the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not

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