Independence Forever {149/365}

I was somewhat disappointed when I realized today's 365 is #149 not #150 as I wanted to hark back to the 150th anniversary of this great nation. Calvin Coolidge, a hero of mine, delivered an address in Phildelphia on July 4, 1926 to celebrate the Declaration's 150th anniversary.  I review his speech every year at this time. One passage always strikes me as relevant to today's political atmosphere:

"...About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers..."

As a Nation, we celebrate, on every July 4th, the true significance of the Declaration which is seeded deeply in trans-historical meaning.  It's creation was for protection of the equal rights possessed by all men and the "separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and nature's God" entitles them.  The Founder's Declaration of Independence wasn't revolutionary because it opposed a dictator, but rather it appealed to a universal standard of justice and was based on such in the foundation of a new country.

My favorite Founding Father phrase, delivered by a very old John Adams on the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration, sums up simply  what all of those who strive for liberty and the vindication of self-governance are working for:

"Independence Forever."