This coming Thursday is America’s Birthday, and it’s a great thing to celebrate!
We have so many things in our country for which to be thankful. Freedom of speech and the press is a wonderful right that we enjoy both at the national and State level. Freedom of Religion, likewise, is protected in both the U.S. Constitution and the Florida Constitution. The right to vote and have our voices heard is something which is easy to take for granted, but many in other countries do not share this right.
It’s hard to imagine the world in which our forefathers lived. Facing an enormous empire, our brave leaders declared our independence. They faced more than losing their land and fortunes. They risked their lives and the lives of their families. Many here in the colonies were divided about the stand against England. Loyalties were divided. The future was clearly uncertain, and the outcome was something no one took for granted.
Today, we enjoy that independence every day.
Celebrating America’s Birthday means different things to different people. For some, it’s the ability to live free of fear. For others, it’s the right to bear arms or vote. But we can all agree that it’s the freedom to enjoy these rights that bring us all together as Americans. We all share a part of the Great Experiment we call America. We are part of the great fabric that binds us as a nation.
One of those great rights is something we hear often in the legal community – Due Process. This means everyone receives a full and fair hearing, regardless of what the issue is. This includes trials which involve parenting time, alimony, or child support. Here in Florida, no preference is given to either the mother or father in fashioning a parenting plan, and judges are great at following the statute.
So whether you’re a young college student, or someone who’s retired – take time this Thursday to celebrate America’s Birthday, and rejoice in the many freedoms we cherish.