The Glorious Fourth !! A great day to contemplate the words from long ago, when men had the courage to openly declare their independence from tyranny. Today our political leaders use weasel words to avoid the hard truths that might lead to a loss in popularity. In 1776, the men who signed that Declaration faced the possibility of slow cruel execution if their call for freedom went unheeded, and they used words clear and bold. Take a little time today between the barbecue and the beer to think about what that Declaration has meant down through the years. This was a new nation so suspicious of the powers of government that the people soon demanded a Bill of Rights to help guarantee their continued freedom. Do you know all 10 amendments in that Bill? That 2nd amendment was important to them to help ensure the freedoms in the other nine. They were all important then, and they are all important now. We can thank those men of long ago for the courage to show us the way. Do we still have the courage to follow?