Fun Fact: Did you know that the average age of those who signed the Declaration of Independence was 45. Crazy, right? The youngest at age 27, was Thomas Lynch, Jr. of South Carolina and the oldest delegate, a whopping 70, was bad boy Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania. Hell, Thomas Jefferson was only 33. That’s just one more spin around the sun than I currently am.
Now let’s focus on the present. It would appear to the masses that Independence Day, by the way – that term wasn’t coined until 1791, is strictly designated as “National get roaring drunk and party at the lake day”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally for downing my weight in Coors Banquet’s while rockin’ to “Pontoon” and casting a line, but it’s equally as important to remember what July 4th, actually symbolizes. Interestingly enough, this glorious celebration is a long standing American tradition for political freedom. Seriously, one night stands weren’t ever in the equation. Truth be told, John Adams once wrote to his stunningly hot wife, Abigail, that he imagined "Pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations" throughout the United States.
There’s a great quote from George Santayana that I love, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Yeah, George was totally chill and he didn’t believe in ghosts, either, but nevertheless. How profound was he? I feel like his words were spoken for a generation and time that he’d never witness or care to. And I am of the opinion that we need to celebrate this July 4th, and honor our beautiful land we all call home in a way that our righteous Founding Father’s would approve of. Let’s spend it with our loved ones, let’s give thanks for all of the wonderful blessings that have been bestowed upon us and let’s reaffirm the rest of the world as to why America is the greatest country, period.
It seems like every news organization, nowadays, boastfully touts that America has lost its foothold as the most powerful nation. They go on ,and on, and on about how we’re failing in mathematics and why 29 other nations and jurisdictions are clobbering our youth in academic performance. How our unemployment numbers are inundating the economy and why another dreadful recession is imminent, and so on. But I propose we look past the negativity, for just a day, to reflect on the positives that our fellow countrymen and women so courageously fought and died for. Like Freedom of Speech, the 2nd Amendment, the Bill of Rights, Freedom of Religion, Women’s Right, and why we're revered as "America the Beautiful" and "America the Brave".
See, America hasn't lost its grandeur. As a matter of fact, for the past 239 years, since the Declaration of Independence was first published, its grown by leaps and bounds and has carried its inhabitants to all new highs with such distinct grace and dignity. That's right, Old Glory is steadfast, but the same can't be said for its citizens. For it is us, America's children, who have lost hope. And how can we expect others to believe in us, if we don't believe in ourselves?
Hugs, Handshakes and Happy Independence Day!