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"Thoughts on July 4"

Well folks, it is July 4th once again, an important date in our country's history. On this day we recall the Declaration of Independence, written primarily by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, which declared: "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 -- that to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed..."

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