To the editor:
Happy 240th year of independence, America! We have much to celebrate and for which to cheer on Independence Day, here in these United States.
We have our servicemen and women who have given selflessly to protect and serve this great nation – for me, my grandfather, Walter Dolyk (World War II) and good friend Chip Rathwell (Vietnam). We have our founding documents – the unmatched Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution – two of the greatest pieces of human liberty. These are founding documents like no other country’s in the world. Our country and particularly its founding, are exceptional. That is what American exceptionalism means. America is an exceptional nation and ought to be celebrated because it is the only nation that was founded with the understanding that our rights are God-given, not handed down to us by other men or by the government. Thus, the government cannot take these rights away. Further, “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” That’s exceptional. That’s something for which I can stand up and cheer.
On this Independence Day, I hope many of us gathered with our families, thought about the sacrifices those made to protect this country, and took a moment to look back at our founding documents, reflecting on how unique and important they were to the world when they were crafted and how important and relevant they remain. I was cheering my country, my family’s and friend’s sacrifices, and our founding documents. And if you didn’t do that, maybe take a moment and reflect. I know with pride I raised the large cotton flag, which once flew over the Capitol in Washington, on our flagpole this Fourth of July.
Matthew W. Nahorn