July 4th is finally here, and with it the mouthwatering promise of hot dogs and the thrill of fireworks. Before settling down with family to enjoy a day of festivities, however, take a moment to ponder over what today is truly about.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking this is simply another historical holiday. The 4th of July is about more than a piece of paper signed 243 years ago. It is about the universality of the undying ideals expressed on that paper. More importantly, today represents a chance for each of us to rededicate ourselves to those principles, to declare our independence from overreaching government authority, and to declare our liberty. 

Indeed, we have a responsibility to do so.

The survival of freedom is a tenuous thing. As President Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction.” It has always been threatened by tyrants and that threat continues today today. Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, the right to self preservation, and so many other natural rights are all under siege from illiberal mobs who seek their destruction. We must be the bulwark against this erosion of libertyno matter the cost. 

Tyranny costs little to allow, but freedom is never free. Men and women have dedicated their careers to it. Many have faced persecution in the pursuit of it. Some have given their lives for it. 

When freedom has been threatened, good people have always risen to save it. We must pay the price for freedom to survive in America today.

We ought to have no illusions, however, about the nature of this fight. The battle to preserve freedom is, and will continue to be, an exhausting one. The Founders knew this well. After all, they fought for seven long years after the Declaration of Independence was signed to win the freedom they had proclaimed that famous July day. 

Thomas Jefferson did not write the Declaration so that its words would be contained to aging parchment. He wrote those words to inspire men to take action. After all, The Declaration of Independence was written to be read aloud. He hoped that his most famous work would ignite the fire of liberty in every man’s heart. 

Today, let us heed his words. Let us commit to fighting for his ideals, our ideals, so that freedom may continue to ring across this great nation.

Happy 4th of July!

Ben Whearty is a resident of Charlottesville, VA, and a rising First Year at the University of Virginia. He there plans to double major in Economics and Public Policy and participating in Young Americans for Freedom and College Republicans. He intends to become a political analyst and eventually an elected representative.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Benjamin Whearty

Ben Whearty is a resident of Charlottesville, VA, and a rising First Year at the University of Virginia. He there plans to double major in Economics and Public Policy and participating in Young Americans for Freedom and College Republicans. He intends to become a political analyst and eventually an elected representative.

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