More than two centuries ago, our founding fathers built a nation from the ground up, and did a pretty darn good job at that. So, in honor of Independence Day, here are some lessons they taught us.
Stand up for what you believe
Taxation without representation? Not here.
Oddsmakers in Vegas wouldn’t have given the Colonists a chance against the British. And becoming an independent nation was just the beginning — the founding fathers then had to build a nation, create laws, establish trade with other countries, and become self-reliant.
Create an environment that allows people to flourish
‘Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness …’ America was, and remains, the land of opportunity, where millions have come to realize their dreams, whether that’s owning a home or making a better life for their children.
From the creation of a democracy to the belief of innocent until proven guilty, the founding fathers established what President Abraham Lincoln later termed “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” The rights and freedoms established given by our Constitution are as relevant today as when the documents was written, nearly 250 years ago.
Keep it simple
The Declaration of Independence, perhaps the most important document in our nation’s history, is a tad over 1,300 words. The Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments, is less than 500 words. I’ve seen corporate memos that are far longer and not nearly as interesting.