When Thomas Jefferson penned the words "we hold these truths to be self-evident," he was doing more than setting up an argument for the independence of the United States of America, which he and his colleagues were creating that day. He was laying down a set of foundational principles for the new nation.
It was like pouring concrete for the foundation of a home. If the foundation is solid, what is built on it has a good chance of standing.
Our foundation was solid, but recently there have been quite a few people who have been attacking that foundation and undermining what made us a great nation. That's why it is important for each of us to better learn our own history. There are many new historical works, which are well-written and fascinating. David McCullough is out with a brilliant new work on John Adams.
An uninformed public is the biggest threat to our republic because it allows people with other agendas to creep in and re-write our history.
Know your history. Know America's history. And celebrate the Fourth of July and the liberty it has brought us.