But after 8 years of fighting, the ragtag American Rebel Army – led by General George Washington – triumphed over what was then the world’s most powerful military. Our Independence had been won. After the Revolutionary War, those same leaders who stood up to the powerful King of England were suddenly faced with the substantial task of creating a Democratic form of Government, which had never been done before. They drafted the Constitution, and with it – the Bill of Rights – to forever enshrine the guarantees necessary to ensure that their new government would always protect freedom for future generations. Since then, WE THE PEOPLE have continued to fight and struggle against new enemies, both foreign and domestic. During the American Civil war, our nation was deeply divided over the brutal and inhumane abuses of slavery. In the early 20
-Century, women banded together in protest to earn their right to vote. In the 1960s, Black and White Americans marched, sat in, and protested, until African-Americans were finally guaranteed long overdue equal protections under the law. And in every military conflict – from the First & Second World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan – Veterans fought and bled and died on behalf of their fellow Americans. It is
the great and sometimes ultimate sacrifices of past generations that we are all blessed with a standard of living that we enjoy today. YET, nothing remains stagnant in this world, and sadly, our Freedoms are once again under attack. The belief in a better tomorrow has been taken over by uncertainty. In many instances, hope has been replaced with hopelessness. Government now seems to act beyond the control of the very people it was created to serve. Most of the time it’s hard to even tell who our Government serves anymore.