Above: Don't want to read it? There is a school of thought that you weren't supposed to. You were supposed to hear it. So here it is *.
The 4th of July is not the day we declared ourselves to be an independent nation. That was July 2.
July 4 is the day we explained it. Which is why editorial writers like it so much. All that stuff about "a decent respect to the opinions of mankind," and "let Facts be submitted to a candid world," stuff.
Who needs fireworks, which can only burn down your house, when you've got words like these, that can take down an empire?
Happy Independence Day!
- A nation's birth: Declaration of Independence (highlights, as they fit on The Tribune's Opinion page)
- The Declaration of Independence (the whole thing, via The National Archives)
* OK. Given things that have happened in the meantime, maybe Mel Gibson isn't the best choice for this otherwise wonderful presentation. Somebody should do it again, and cut in, oh, Tom Hanks.
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