CCXLVI. Oh, and XXVI, 2!

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Ah, facts.  Long before our current president, we weren’t always meticulous about dates and facts.   After all, we did decide to use 4 July 1776  as the date we proclaimed our independence from Britain.  Even if the Declaration of Independence was issued two or three days earlier.  And, that means we celebrate our Freedom 241 years later today.  (Thankfully, it is not among those days that Congress, in its infinite wisdom [read as stupidity], elected to move to Mondays, affording a longer weekend. )  We celebrate the day with fireworks, with going to the beach, with barbeques, and with get-togethers.

Four Freedoms
Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms

I, personally, detest those folks who want to celebrate the day with their “Love it or leave it” attitudes.  And, while that attitude had attenuated over the last decades, it’s pretty evident that our current situation is reviving this misguided notion.  Most of the adherents seem to only have a cartoon idea of what it is that America originated and for what it stands.  Especially as our government routinely violates our Constitution and its first 10 Amendments (which we term our “Bill of Rights”), in the name of protecting us.

Let us celebrate the idea of America.  By making sure we make it the reality of America.

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.

Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed

Dan's Birth Announcement

Oh, and happy birthday to my son, Daniel, who graced this world 26 years ago today.

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