This 4th of July, when you watch the fireworks, will you think about the Declaration of Independence?
We should. After all, the holiday is meant to honor the Declaration. It, and the Constitution it led to, help keep us free.
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Compare America to Britain, the country we broke away from. There, they sentenced a man to more than a year in jail for making a Facebook live video outside a courthouse.
Getting locked up for something you write on social media is also common; hundreds get arrested for that in Britain every year.
Fortunately, in America, thanks to First Amendment, we can say most anything without being jailed.
We also have a right to bear arms. Not in Britain, which has some of the strictest gun regulations in the world.
Of course, there’s more to the Constitution than the 1st and 2nd Amendments. The Constitution divided government power in ways that limit authoritarian politicians from both parties.
Trump’s own Supreme Court appointee ruled that a law making it easier to deport some immigrants was unconstitutionally vague.
The Supreme Court stopped President Obama 96 times.
The Constitution has failed in some ways. It accepted slavery. Although Thomas Jefferson promised “a wise and frugal government,” the Constitution didn’t stop our politicians from running up $25 trillion in debt. It didn’t stop our government from passing 180,000 pages of rules.
Still, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence have helped keep us free. That’s what John Stossel will celebrate this 4th of July.