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NPR’s Steve Inskeep scrapped his traditional 4th of July reading of the Declaration of Independence on Monday after more than three decades, and instead opted to devote the segment to a discussion on equality.
NPR’s Steve Inskeep scrapped his traditional 4th of July reading of the Declaration of Independence on Monday after more than three decades, and instead opted to devote the segment to a discussion on equality.
 
Over the July 4th holiday we experienced the traditional red, white and blue salutes to our nation, along with tributes paid the patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence.
Over the July 4th holiday we experienced the traditional red, white and blue salutes to our nation, along with tributes paid the patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence.
 
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
 
Perhaps what Independence Day is all about is to reflect on our history and to rekindle our revolutionary spirit every year... our great love of liberty.
Perhaps what Independence Day is all about is to reflect on our history and to rekindle our revolutionary spirit every year... our great love of liberty.
 
This article is dedicated to our great Founding Fathers - men who had the courage, the foresight, and the wisdom to secure the freedom that I exercise and enjoy every single day. - Diane Rufino
This article is dedicated to our great Founding Fathers - men who had the courage, the foresight, and the wisdom to secure the freedom that I exercise and enjoy every single day. - Diane Rufino
 
This article is dedicated to our great Founding Fathers - men who had the courage, the foresight, and the wisdom to secure the freedom that I exercise and enjoy every single day. - Diane Rufino
This article is dedicated to our great Founding Fathers - men who had the courage, the foresight, and the wisdom to secure the freedom that I exercise and enjoy every single day. - Diane Rufino
 
This article is dedicated to our great Founding Fathers - men who had the courage, the foresight, and the wisdom to secure the freedom that I exercise and enjoy every single day. - Diane Rufino
This article is dedicated to our great Founding Fathers - men who had the courage, the foresight, and the wisdom to secure the freedom that I exercise and enjoy every single day. - Diane Rufino
 
This article is dedicated to our great Founding Fathers - men who had the courage, the foresight, and the wisdom to secure the freedom that I exercise and enjoy every single day. - Diane Rufino
This article is dedicated to our great Founding Fathers - men who had the courage, the foresight, and the wisdom to secure the freedom that I exercise and enjoy every single day. - Diane Rufino
 
This article is dedicated to our great Founding Fathers - men who had the courage, the foresight, and the wisdom to secure the freedom that I exercise and enjoy every single day. - Diane Rufino
This article is dedicated to our great Founding Fathers - men who had the courage, the foresight, and the wisdom to secure the freedom that I exercise and enjoy every single day. - Diane Rufino
 
This article is dedicated to our great Founding Fathers - men who had the courage, the foresight, and the wisdom to secure the freedom that I exercise and enjoy every single day. - Diane Rufino
This article is dedicated to our great Founding Fathers - men who had the courage, the foresight, and the wisdom to secure the freedom that I exercise and enjoy every single day. - Diane Rufino
 
This article is dedicated to our great Founding Fathers - men who had the courage, the foresight, and the wisdom to secure the freedom that I exercise and enjoy every single day. - Diane Rufino
This article is dedicated to our great Founding Fathers - men who had the courage, the foresight, and the wisdom to secure the freedom that I exercise and enjoy every single day. - Diane Rufino
 
On July 2, the Chancellorsville (Virginia) City Council voted to no longer recognize Thomas Jefferson's birthday, April 13, as a celebrated a paid holiday. Chancellorsville is the hometown of our country's most renown Founding Father.
On July 2, the Chancellorsville (Virginia) City Council voted to no longer recognize Thomas Jefferson's birthday, April 13, as a celebrated a paid holiday. Chancellorsville is the hometown of our country's most renown Founding Father.
 
Two hundred forty-three years ago today, our Founding Fathers, gathered in Philadelphia, adopted the Declaration of Independence and cast off the shackles of tyranny.
Two hundred forty-three years ago today, our Founding Fathers, gathered in Philadelphia, adopted the Declaration of Independence and cast off the shackles of tyranny.
 
"My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died; Land of the Pilgrims' pride, from ev'ry mountainside, Let freedom ring!"
"My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died; Land of the Pilgrims' pride, from ev'ry mountainside, Let freedom ring!"
 
Is it the job of government to make you happy? While it may seem like a straightforward question, there are some important subtleties packed into those few words.
Is it the job of government to make you happy? While it may seem like a straightforward question, there are some important subtleties packed into those few words.
 
On September 3, 1783, representatives from the American states, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and John Jay, and a representative of King George III signed the Treaty of Paris to officially end the American Revolutionary War against Great Britain.
On September 3, 1783, representatives from the American states, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and John Jay, and a representative of King George III signed the Treaty of Paris to officially end the American Revolutionary War against Great Britain.
 
Mental midgets need to stop demoniziing Thomas Jefferson and demeaning his legacy because of the fact that he owned slaves.
Mental midgets need to stop demoniziing Thomas Jefferson and demeaning his legacy because of the fact that he owned slaves.
 
This article discusses the English roots of our American liberty.
 
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the Earth the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and Nature's God entitle them.
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the Earth the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and Nature's God entitle them.
 
In 1886, Sir Edward Clarke delivered a speech in the U.K. House of Commons and in polite way of insulting someone, he said: "The mind was indeed so open that it had nothing in it at all."
In 1886, Sir Edward Clarke delivered a speech in the U.K. House of Commons and in polite way of insulting someone, he said: "The mind was indeed so open that it had nothing in it at all."
 
Thomas Jefferson articulated the absolute right of a state to secede from the Union. He did so in 1798, in 1799, in 1816, and up until his death in 1826 (July 4, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence).
Thomas Jefferson articulated the absolute right of a state to secede from the Union. He did so in 1798, in 1799, in 1816, and up until his death in 1826 (July 4, the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence).
 
The 2016 election cycle is one of the wildest and strangest we've seen, especially the presidential contests. In recent days these campaigns have raised interesting questions about protest and disruption.
The 2016 election cycle is one of the wildest and strangest we've seen, especially the presidential contests. In recent days these campaigns have raised interesting questions about protest and disruption.
 
If we all have the same rights as human beings, is it really free or is there a price that must be paid by someone?
If we all have the same rights as human beings, is it really free or is there a price that must be paid by someone?
 
Our Founding Fathers remind us that that the Constitution was subordinate to the Principles and Rights enshrined in our Declaration of Independence. The Individual trumps government.
Our Founding Fathers remind us that that the Constitution was subordinate to the Principles and Rights enshrined in our Declaration of Independence. The Individual trumps government.
 
While we're heading down the dangerous slippery slope of government-sponsored censorship surrounding the display of the Confederate flag and certain Civil War generals and other historical figures, we should also be demanding that certain other statues be taken down
While we're heading down the dangerous slippery slope of government-sponsored censorship surrounding the display of the Confederate flag and certain Civil War generals and other historical figures, we should also be demanding that certain other statues be taken down
 
No one can deny that the United States has got more than its share of problems now, with a serious debate at its core... The proper role and the scope of government.
No one can deny that the United States has got more than its share of problems now, with a serious debate at its core... The proper role and the scope of government.
 
True Conservatives understand why our country is falling apart. It's not that we lack the power and the ability to be the country we used to be; it's that our citizenry has willfully and ignorantly abandoned a moral imperative to defend our American ideals by living those ideals.
True Conservatives understand why our country is falling apart. It's not that we lack the power and the ability to be the country we used to be; it's that our citizenry has willfully and ignorantly abandoned a moral imperative to defend our American ideals by living those ideals.
 
I am writing to reassure you that there is no connection whatsoever between the Civitas Institute and a newspaper chain that reportedly was planning to create a nationwide database of people with legal permits to carry concealed firearms.
I am writing to reassure you that there is no connection whatsoever between the Civitas Institute and a newspaper chain that reportedly was planning to create a nationwide database of people with legal permits to carry concealed firearms.
 
Patriot, Continental Congress member, and North Carolina signer of the Declaration of Independence, John Penn was a native of Caroline County, Virginia.
Patriot, Continental Congress member, and North Carolina signer of the Declaration of Independence, John Penn was a native of Caroline County, Virginia.
 
John Locke was a 17th-century English philosopher whose work had a profound impact on the American founders.
John Locke was a 17th-century English philosopher whose work had a profound impact on the American founders.
 
To know your Constitution - questions for Constitution Day (to learn about the Constitution).
To know your Constitution - questions for Constitution Day (to learn about the Constitution).
 
North Carolina history enthusiasts are aware that President George Washington nominated James Iredell Sr. (namesake of Iredell County) as one of the first justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. Far fewer are aware that another Washington appointee to the high court called North Carolina home, albeit...
North Carolina history enthusiasts are aware that President George Washington nominated James Iredell Sr. (namesake of Iredell County) as one of the first justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. Far fewer are aware that another Washington appointee to the high court called North Carolina home, albeit...
 
The government has no legitimate powers that were not initially granted to it under the Constitution.
The government has no legitimate powers that were not initially granted to it under the Constitution.
 
The Beaufort Patriot Tea Party is hosting Tom Rhyne a Director with Grass Roots North Carolina to explain how we can help protect your Second Amendment right to bear arms.
The Beaufort Patriot Tea Party is hosting Tom Rhyne a Director with Grass Roots North Carolina to explain how we can help protect your Second Amendment right to bear arms.
 
Hezekiah Alexander's role in the Revolution is a good example. His home, built in 1774, ought to be a colorful Carolina shrine to the birth of political liberty in America, rather than a setting for the tedious or trivial, as many believe the museum has become.
Hezekiah Alexander's role in the Revolution is a good example. His home, built in 1774, ought to be a colorful Carolina shrine to the birth of political liberty in America, rather than a setting for the tedious or trivial, as many believe the museum has become.
 
What a sad day when the Supreme Court loses sight of what the Constitution's purpose is to protect the rights of individuals, and not to take them away.
What a sad day when the Supreme Court loses sight of what the Constitution's purpose is to protect the rights of individuals, and not to take them away.
 
WHEN in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth.
WHEN in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth.
 
It is acknowledged that the views and the writings philosopher John Locke played a crucial role in our Founders' view of liberty.
 
As we initiate this ongoing series, this category on what made this a once great nation, we examine our nation's first document.
As we initiate this ongoing series, this category on what made this a once great nation, we examine our nation's first document.
 
Diane Rufino: "I think Mike Hayes and I have a fundamental disagreement on both the foundation and the future of this country."
Diane Rufino: "I think Mike Hayes and I have a fundamental disagreement on both the foundation and the future of this country."
 
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