And on this date, every year, I write:
Happy Fourth of July to my fellow Americans, and to my fellow Americans in spirit.
Two hundred and thirty five years ago, our forefathers gave us this:
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Here’s the whole thing, in its original document.
Have a great Fourth of July! Stay safe, barbecue, watch fireworks, salute the flag, and sing your favorite patriotic songs. I’ll be spending the afternoon with my niece, and then taking in the county fireworks in the evening. And singing my favorite patriotic songs.
God bless America!