Freedom isn't free. Our founding fathers found this out the hard way.
For close to 150 years, they had run their own country. The only real power that the crown exerted was that they had governors appointed to each colony. But other than that, they were left to themselves.
It wasn't until after the French and Indian War did England begin to usurp its power. The King was passing unlawful taxes, making legislation that was not in the best interest of either party (in this case the Mother country and the Colonies), and basic God-given rights were being violated.
At first, it was not the intention of the colonists to separate from England, However, it became obvious that that was the only course of action. Many speeches were given in each of the colonies, perhaps the greatest being Patrick Henry's "Give me Liberty, or give me death" speech, while Samuel Adams' Committees of Correspondence kept the colonies informed of abuses done by the crown.
On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence had been ratified in Philadelphia, and for the next 8 years, fierce fighting would eventually lead to a brand new nation, called The United States of America.
Having experienced the troubles with a king, the great statesmen set out to find the best possible government. Their first attempt was a Confederation, or a strong friendship of separate states. However, it was soon evident that this would not last.
So, again a meeting was held in Philadelphia, and by the time it was over, and many arguments and essays later, the statesmen emerged with what would be the blueprint for our government, The Constitution of the United States of America. Later, Amendments would be added in order to protect the citizens form government.
The United States, when it followed the guidelines of the Constitution, was the greatest of all nations. However, it became evident in the 1900's that certain people would disregard the Constitution and all that it stood for. We would be sold out. We would be defeated in battle for the first time. And our rights would be challenged and taken away.
Our Founders knew what they were doing when they wrote the Constitution. They understood the price of freedom and liberty. Shame on us for not following their example, and continuing the freedom that they fought so hard for.