Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy 230th!

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.


Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Very nice post

We must wonder what those men who signed it would think of how it our country is being led today.

7:52 AM EDT  
Blogger Walt said...

I think they'd be mystified by the technological advances, in awe of how big we've grown, and a little worried about our role in the world.

10:09 AM EDT  

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