FREEDOM'S BEGINNINGBy: Darrelyn L. TuttResolved:That these United Colonies are, and of right, ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved."-Richard Henry Lee------Richard Henry Lee's courageous "warring" words instigated the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, enabling our rights and dismantling the obligations and rules imposed on the Colonies by Britain.While the term "United Colonies" was used, it's of great interest to understand the factions that existed between the original Colonies and the democratic process of "majority" utilized to garner the United States her early freedom in the signing of the Declaration.Consider:Of the thirteen colonies, nine voted in favor of the Declaration, two -- Pennsylvania and South Carolina -- voted No, Delaware was undecided and New York abstained. ------The liberation of the Colonies was intermingled with rifts between the Colonies and Colonists themselves that had to be hammered out by vote and then acted upon by the "whole."The democratic process was exemplified early on, within the Colonies, by her ability to weather early crucial factions that would ultiimately lead her into battle or to a resigned safety with Britain.The Colonies wisely, courageously, and cohesively determined to "hold their ground" together.They voted, decided, and then united to defend the consensus of the majority "together."Then they went to war and they succeeded.-Praise be to God for the early remarkable "penned words" of Richard Henry Lee and all that followed.-Praise God for courageous men and women who valiantly fought for the ideals presently enjoyed and employed.-Praise God for Colonies which remained unified in their stance toward freedom.Unity is essential to our Nation's freedom.------In honor of this day ...Let's recite the "Pledge of Allegiance" while employed at the marker of a Veteran.Let's give thanks to our military (both past and present) and do it through a tangible gesture.Enjoy this beautiful day of freedom;Give thanks to God that we remain one Nation under God.God Bless America.-------How many of you remember rising and reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance" as the first activity performed in your school day?Hmmm ...Me too.Rehearse it and consider whether your children and grandchildren know it.