July 3, 1776

Have you ever wondered what the Founding Fathers were doing on July 3rd? The Declaration of Independence had been voted on the day before. The next day it would be read aloud, changing the course of history forever.

What then, did they do on July 3rd? It is easy to imagine they were fearful and excited, feeling the thrill that runs through your veins when you are on the cusp of doing something bold and scary. Did they press into their families and hold them close? Did they meditate on what their actions would mean to people throughout the colonies?

John Adams wrote to his wife on July 3rd, stating, "You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. -- I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. -- Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means."

This July 3rd, I pray that Americans will once again contemplate what it will take for us to maintain our Independence and our Republic. Read the Declaration of Independence. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance and we, as a people, have been lax in our responsibilities. It is time for us to hold those we have entrusted to serve this great country accountable to the Constitution and the people. It is July 3rd once again. Tyranny seems to be winning out; but people across America have been quietly preparing to reclaim our country. May we all have the courage to boldly leverage the ballot box andaccountability through pressure,so that we can once again restore our country to the cause of liberty.

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