Laura stood stock still. Suddenly she had a completely new thought. The Declaration (of Independence) and the song (My Country Tis of Thee) came together in her mind and she thought, "God IS America's King." She thought, "Americans won't obey any king on earth. Americans are free. That means they have to obey their own consciences. No king bosses Pa. He has to boss himself. "Why," she thought, "when I'm a little older, Pa and Ma will stop telling me what to do and there isn't anyone else who has a right to give me orders. I will have to make myself be good." Her whole mind seemed to be lighted up by that thought. "This is what it means to be free. It means you have to be good. Our father's God, Author of Liberty, the laws of nature and of nature's God endow you with the right to life and liberty. Then you have to keep the laws of God. For God's law is the only thing that gives you a right to be free."
~Little Town on the Prairie, "Fourth of July" chapter, by Laura Ingalls-Wilder