As we enjoy Independence Day with family, friends and fireworks, it’s important to remember that unlike any other country in the world, our premier national holiday doesn’t celebrate a battle, royalty or religion. It celebrates a document!
A few years ago I was invited to speak to the Common Sense Society of Hungary, a newly formed group of college students and graduates who were admirers of America. Their name derived from the famous pamphlet “Common Sense” written in 1776 by patriot Thomas Paine who declared “the cause of America is, in great measure, the cause of all mankind.”
These young Hungarians, living in a newly formed democracy less than 20 years young, were proudly handing out their first pamphlet—a Hungarian translation of the Declaration of Independence! They looked to Jefferson’s immortal words to help them “transition from a post-communist state towards a truly free and prosperous society.”
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Our July 4th document shares the “cause of America” which “is in great measure, the cause of all mankind.” Let’s celebrate!