On this date in 1776, the Continental Congress voted to accept the resolution declaring our independence from Great Britain. Never before had a country made a statement like the one written by Thomas Jefferson and signed by the delegates to the Congress. With eloquence not seen in today's legislators, Jefferson laid out the principles that all Americans hold dear - that governments are instituted among men to protect the rights granted to them by Almighty God. I have read the text of the Declaration many times, and each time I get chills, it is so powerful. Happy Birthday America.