Today is the 230th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the gauntlet thrown down by the American colonies to the King of England. It announced to the entire world that the philosophies of Locke and Rousseau were worth trying.
Now, for certain people, the Declaration is considered the law of the land, but that is reserved for the Constitution.
For two centuries the nation created as a consequence of that brave declaration has withstood outside invasion, war, civil war and civil strife. The Declaration has been much admired and emulated - even Ho Chi Minh used the language of the Declaration in declaring Vietnam's independence from France.
Brave words, and a brave act by each of the men who signed it.