What’s this day all about?
Let’s start by saying, here’s to all of you, enjoying your favorite 5th (750 ml) on this grand 4th, or teetotaling your favorite liquid, or having a family ice-cream eating contest in celebration of this incredible anniversary.
Thirteen colonies soon would inaugurate history’s greatest experiment in representative democracy.
But first they dared declare their independence from what was then the most powerful country in the world and the most representative governing system on the planet.
A constitutional monarchy, Britain had a Parliament elected by at least some of the people who were not members of the hereditary nobility. The Parliament was supposed to check the power of the hereditary king, and often did, though George III was running roughshod over Parliament when it came to the colonies.
But the Britons were at the time the freest people on earth. Then came we, the American people.
This is what all the hullabaloo is all about. Focusing on that for a moment today will be, I promise you, a blast.
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