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Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must like men undergo the fatigues of acquiring itJuly 4th 1776 was one of the most memorable days in the history of this country as well as in lives of its inhabitants One of the greatest documents in the history of the United States the Declaration of Independence was drafted signed and sealed endowing us life liberty and the pursuit of happiness Thus a new nation was born under this single document With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence we mutually pledge to each other our lives our fortunes and our sacred honor That final line in the Declaration illustrated the price they were willing to pay for their complete freedom This was a blessed hour in our nations history one of those rare occasions in the lives of men when we had everything even greatness to spare All fifty-six men who signed this decree knew they were sacrificing everything They were completely aware that years of adversity destitution and a struggling nation was the best to be expected even if they won the struggle Even so if they lost they would face worse death Knowingly they endorsed the decree and they did in truth pay the price So I ask what in that case is freedom worth to you In view of that one must be capable of unquestionably defining freedom before having legitimate grounds for defending it Freedom is the ability to act without the initiation of force or its threat being used against you You have a right to freedom because your life is your property yours to live as you see fit If you are free you have the unrestricted ability to pursue your own happiness to make those choices needed for the nourishment of your own life Merely having choices does not parallel or even exemplify the true meaning of freedom it is rather one of the
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