What Exactly Was the Spirit of '76?

What Exactly Was the Spirit of '76?
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July 4 is typically a day when Americans celebrate the meaning of 1776 and reflect upon its relevance. Independence Day 2020 will no doubt have a different feel to it. Over the last month, Americans have watched their cities destroyed and their history canceled. 

This much seems certain: once all the statues and memorials are torn down, Antifa and the rest of the anarcho-socialist SJWs will come for July 4. By this time next year, Independence Day may very well be a day of national mourning—a day in which we declare our independence from America’s evil past. The goal of the new Vandals is to cure us of what the Khmer Rouge called “memory sickness.”

During these dark times, it is critical that Americans understand, defend, and restore the principles on which this country was founded. It may be even more important that we resurrect the actions of the Patriots who defended those principles. 

To that end, consider the opening sentence of the Declaration of Independence: “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.”

What could it possibly mean to say that independence—which meant war, destruction, and death—was necessary? Surely the Americans had a choice! 

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