The Fourth Of July - Independence Day

Most countries celebrate a special day, a national holiday of independence or something similar. The US is different in regards to what it is celebrating; a very deliberate and considered rejection of the kind of tyrannical rule the founders had experienced in Europe. This "United States" was to be a great experiment; a society based upon fundamental rights that were codified in a Constitution, and to be administered by a governmental system with checks and balances, to avoid a society of rulers and the ruled. It has not always worked - being operated by frail, vain humanity - but the idea is a great one. The actual Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th 1776, and you can read the transcript here (in plain type, not the handwritten script of the actual document).

Celebrate with pride.

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