Today marks the 243rd Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, announcing that the 13 American colonies then at war with Great Britain were no longer a part of the British Empire.

The document is the cornerstone of American constitutional theory and civil rights. It heralds that all men are created equal. It says that no man deserves to be ruled by somebody else. It states the unalienable quality of these rights that nobody can take these rights away. 

There is a universal standard of justice in the Declaration of Independence. It is this foundation of fairness and equal rights that formed the architecture of the Constitution and exists in every tenet of American law.

John Adams, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, was asked to prepare a statement on the 50th anniversary of the declaration. After considerable thought he delivered two words that still ring true every Fourth of July: “Independence forever.”                  


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