Brilliant men, learned men, signed a document pledging their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor, on this date in 1776. It began an experiment that has been the envy of the world.
For all our triumphs, for all our failures, for all our hopes and dreams, and for all our best intentions, this nation still is where people want to come to live, to have an opportunity to be their best. This nation donates more to charity, and reaches out to help peoples in other parts of the world more than any other nation.
And it would not be possible had those forward thinking souls in foul, smelly, hot Philadelphia declined to signed their names on a piece of parchment, forever linking themselves to a revolution that would change the world in ways they could not imagine. Much has happened since that day. We have had our ups and downs, but the United States of America moved forward. Not knowing what was in its future, but hopeful that what it dreamed of would come to pass. In some ways it has, in others it has not. But this nation has never looked back.
The 4th of July. More than hot dogs, brats, apple pie and fireworks. Worth thinking about...
Happy Independence Day, America.