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Living our freedom on Independence Day [Commentary]

Living our freedom on Independence Day [Commentary]

“The freedom to do your best means nothing unless you are willing to do your best.”

-Gen. Colin Powell

As we approach America’s 242nd Independence Day, I’m drawn to this quote from our former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. On the Fourth of July, we often hear praise for the patriots who declared the colonies free and independent states and fought for the end of British rule. But why did these patriots need to declare independence?

While tea and taxation without representation may be the first things to come to mind, that’s only part of the answer. Fundamentally, our founding fathers sought to establish a political system that...