Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Birthday, America!  236 years old today.

I just had to wish our country a happy birthday today, July 4th, 2012.  I included but edited the Declaration of Independence with the lines I like the best.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.


  1. Aloha,

    And nice to see that great minds think alike :)

    PS... how funny that you mentioned Dennis Prager as I am listening to him as I type this at 10:56 a.m. (HST)

    Our local radio show has him on from 9 a.m. until noon, but this means the show is three hours "old." (This drives me nuts sometimes, because every now and again, I want to call in, but then I remember the show is already finished :)

    Happy Fourth of July to you and your family :)

  2. We don't have the first hour :( I have called him and. . .had an email I wrote quoted the first hour! Hope you and your family had a wonderful day. We cannot have fireworks here; they are banned all over the state because of our forest fires, and some people actually complain! But there are celebrations we can watch on TV.

  3. Lovely words. Of course, the separation was from England originally. It's like the main characters in two novels I'm working on at the moment. They separate from their family and the life they've known. "Wither though goest, there go I," from the old marriage ceremony. And a child must leave their parents on reaching maturity ... and a bird must fly from its next. Pawerful reality.

  4. But we owe so much to England, the idea of government, the idea of advise and consent, separation of powers which gave us the foundation for our own fledgling democracy. But the separation was a wrench, like most separations. Looking forward to hearing more about your novels.