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.

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3 Responses to “Happy Independence Day”

  1. snoodickle Says:

    True or false: Any part of the Constitution can be amended.

  2. Common Sense Says:

    Chillingworth, here’s a reason: Thomas Paine said, “…there is something very absurd in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island. In no instance hath nature made the satellite larger than its primary planet, and as England and America, with respect to each other, reverse the common order of nature, it is evident they belong to different systems: England to Europe, America to itself.” That sounds like good common sense to me.

    Our reasons ranged from taxation without representation, to high taxation, to high-minded ideas about liberty and equality, to the king being unreasonable, to the straightforward fact that it took four months to communicate with the center of government about anything. Even if anyone felt inclined to argue that taxes weren’t so high that they would anger people living today, or that the colonists weren’t so oppressed as they felt, I don’t think anyone could argue that it would have made more sense to stick with England.


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