AN AMERICAN TRADITION: Two hundred twenty-eight years ago, a group of men gathered in Philadelphia and declared their independence from the British crown. This act was perhaps one of the most momentous in the history of mankind, because it fundamentally challenged the idea that any individual monarch, despot, or government aristocracy could possess sovereign power over the individuals of a nation. Instead, these “Sons of Liberty” boldly asserted the sovereignty, liberties, and property rights of the individual. We must do this again. Our ideals are at stake.