It’s the 235th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence. We celebrate our founding fathers recognition that man has a right to self-governance and determination. That man’s rights come from God and not a monarch or government body. And that a people have not only a duty, but an obligation to alter or sever the bonds of an oppressive regime:
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 of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation
We unfortunately are also remembering another milestone in our history: the 150th anniversary of The War of Northern Aggression. This event was the repudiation of those same principles articulated in The Declaration of Independence. Abraham Lincoln and his Northern aggressors didn’t believe that the South had a right to sever their bonds from the union.
This weekend also marks the defeat of Robert E. Lee’s forces at Gettysburg and the fall of Vicksburg, which split the confederacy in two, and gave the Federal forces supremacy over the Mississippi; hastening the North’s victory and eventual occupation.