On this day 240 years ago, the United States of America declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain with the words:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”
The triumph of American independence was a victory for all mankind over tyranny. As a proud American, I am an unapologetic believer in American Exceptionalism and that, with this declaration, history was changed for the better forever. In Federalist No. 14 future president James Madison wrote, “Happily for America, happily, we trust, for the whole human race, they pursued a new and more noble course. They accomplished a revolution which has no parallel in the annals of human society. They reared the fabrics of governments which have no model on the face of the globe.”
It is my greatest desire that the United States continues to be the defender of freedom loving people everywhere, the great liberator wherever tyranny exists, and the beacon of hope for people around the world. At the conclusion of the American War of Independence, recognizing the importance of the victory, the Marquis de Lafayette wrote home to France, “Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country.”
Happy Independence Day! To those celebrating the world over, I wish you a safe and happy holiday. May God continue to bless the United States of America.
Jason F. Emert, Esq.
International Young Democrat Union