In CONGRESS, July 4, 1776
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…
229 years later, here we are.
Call me a jingoistic American sheep-being, but the more I travel, the more I love the United States. I’ve traveled to England, Germany, Italy, Japan – and now, Kuwait and Iraq – and they’ve all been nice places to visit (ok, maybe not the last two) but I wouldn’t want to live in any of those countries. There’s just something about the vast diversity of America – the densely packed birthplace of our nation on the East Coast, the vast spaces of the West, the easygoing life in the Midwest, the West Coast home of Hollywood and Starbucks.
The freedoms we enjoy, the prosperity we experience, and the strength we wield is unheard of in the history of the earth. But we live in interesting times – the Global War on Terror, the uncertain fate of the EU, the rise of China, corruption in the UN – and some say that dark times lay ahead. Will America’s greatness last forever? Of course not – nothing lasts forever. But hopefully, this great nation – and everything it represents – will continue on for many years to come.
Here’s to another 229 years.