Thursday, July 04, 2013

Happy July 4th!

Let's take a minute from politics and remember July 4, 1776.

The US is the only country ever founded on an idea, as Jeff Jacoby reminds us:

"America was the first nation self-consciously founded as the embodiment of an idea — the “self-evident” truth that “all men are created equal” and endowed by God with an “unalienable” right to life and liberty. 

In a world that had always connected nationhood and citizenship to blood, soil, and ethnicity, the democratic republic born in 1776 presented a prospect that was revolutionary in the profoundest sense imaginable — and Americans from the outset were certain that their model of self-government was destined to radiate outward, shaping the course of human events."

It may sound a bit old fashioned now but those ideas were very revolutionary when they were written in 1776.

Happy July 4th.  Remember that this is about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!

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