Happy Independence Day
July 4, 2011
Eleven score and fifteen years ago, a group of visionaries brought forth a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
We’re still here. America is one of the oldest continuously functioning constitutional republics in the world, and she’s still a relatively free country, at least for now. I think that’s something to celebrate.
As you celebrate today, here’s something to think about: Why did we declare independence from George III? Do you think we should have? Why or why not?
If you’re looking for reading, I also recommend Steyn and Lowry today:
Mark Steyn meditates on how America is doing these days on the liberty and equality scales.
Rich Lowry discusses the Civil War (150th anniversary this year), Abraham Lincoln, and the founding. (This line jumped out at me: “‘A free people cannot disagree, or agree to disagree, on the relative merits of freedom and despotism'”.)
Meanwhile Dennis Prager recommends starting a new tradition: the Independence Day Seder.
This blog will take a day or two off for Independence Day, but please do feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. I’ll moderate the comments when I get back.