It’s not a normal Fourth of July in the United States.
On this day, two passages come to mind. The first is from the Declaration of Independence:
“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 these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”
The second comes nearly a year before the Declaration of Independence, on 6 July 1775, during the declaration by Thomas Jefferson and John Dickinson to take up arms agains the British:
“With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficient Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live as slaves.”
In the revolutionary spirit of America’s founding mothers and fathers, a word of caution to America’s newly installed oppressors in the nation’s capital: Don’t tread on me.