By lex, on July 4th, 2009
Hard times 233 years ago today. By the time the Declaration of Independence was signed, the colonies that would become the United States of America had been at war with the center of the metropolitan empire for over a year, reeling from defeat to retreat in the field, and managing only the not inconsequential feat of avoiding detailed destruction. Perhaps if the Brits had ever gotten around to scribbling down their own constitution in one spot, an awful lot of confusion about the rights of Parliament to levy taxes upon the crown’s overseas possessions could have been avoided. Perhaps not.
In any case, here we are later having passed through those fires, manifest other challenges and facing new ones again. Today’s a day of celebration of what has gone before, what we still are, what we are yet to become. Here’s to parades and speeches, fireworks and family, the rocket’s red glow and the warm presence of those we care for most around us. Here’s to the remembrance of past achievements that keep us constant and optimistic in times of trial.
Here’s to those we left behind on battlefields and parapets of every sort that made all of these things possible.
Here’s to those fighting still.
And yes, here’s to things worth fighting for.
Happy Fourth of July, America!