A Happy Independence Day to all and sundry citizens of the United States of America!
Notice I do not say "Fourth of July." Everyone has a fourth of July. Even Great Britain.
And if you do not understand why I single out Great Britain, you are (unfortunately and sadly) in good company, with approximately 25% of the citizens of the US of A. At least according to a recent poll.
May you be safe in your revels. Try not to blow off any body parts.
May you remember not just our freedoms, rights, and gifts we enjoy as citizens, but also those who fought (and those who died) for the defense of the US of A and those freedoms, rights, and gifts. Take some time in the next 24 hours to read about those freedoms, rights, and gifts; there are plenty of places.... Pick up a copy of the Constitution and take a gander at it for a while.
May you remember who put their lives on the line some 235 years ago, committing treason to do so, and signed a document hitherto unknown in the history of our world. These brave men...these heroes.... In fact, why not take some time and learn about these heroes.
But you should not stop there. Remember the document itself. That piece of parchment that declared thirteen colonies' independence from a distant king. Join me, my LW, and the Horde as we read the words together first thing tomorrow morning. These are words, along with the Constitution, that should never be forgotten.
With a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, I pledge to these principles, my Life, my Fortune, and my sacred Honor.
Happy Independence Day.... A Happy Birthday to the Greatest Country on Earth. We may have some problems, but we are a darn sight better than the alternatives.
And as you prepare to label me a "jingoist," let me just say: go right ahead. That is your right to believe and speak as you wish.
That is all part of what we are celebrating.