Silhouette of charging Union soldier. “Happy Birthday America” by Steve Corey is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Two hundred forty-one years ago today marked the start of this wonderful, fantastic, heaven-blessed, messy, delightful, powerful, flawed, and glorious experiment called the United States of America which has delivered unimaginable levels of freedom to hundreds of millions of people here in the US of A and contributed massively to the freedom of hundreds and hundreds of millions more around the world.

Happy birthday America!

If you want a really short description of this day, consider a photo of a sign on a store’s door I saw while browsing the ‘net:

Closed on July 4

in observance of

Brexit 1776

If you are looking for a brief description of the string of events which led to signing the Declaration of Independence and the follow-on events leading to full independence, check out Kelly Phillips Erb’s explanation of No Taxation Without Representation And Other Reasons America Declared Independence.

The results of this grand experiment in self-government, not tried before, has produced fabulous results.

Political freedom.

Economic freedom.

Religious freedom.

You have the right, yes, a right, to pursue happiness as you define happiness. Not as some bureaucrat in London or D.C or Sacramento defines happiness, but as *you* define happiness.

You can put your life together as you wish to do so, with the goals you wish to define, and move forward in the way you want.

What’s not to celebrate?


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