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Comment by William R. Cumming
July 4, 2009 @ 4:16 am
The World would be a different and far worse place without the existence of the icons and the words of the icons above. That “declaration” should have been on the Voyger Spacecraft. Maybe it was. But the renewal by Lincoln in the words “that a nation of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth” is an amazing bookend to the revolutionary period in mankind’s history started on July 4th, 1776. We are not perfect. Nor our our objectives always pure. But on balance, I would not want to live in a world without these icons having existed. Even the marvelous sport of baseball somehow fits the American Experience and the 4th. Whether there is a creator or not, recession or depression or not, we are trully blessed as a nation for what we have been given and in general what we made of those many gifts to US. The road may climb upwards but the Sun is shining in our face! God Bless America.
July 4, 2009 @ 4:22 am
I should have added a thanks to Chris for the pics. Great symbols of US. I often wondered how many men sailed off to Asian and Pacific warfighting with their ship passing under the Golden Gate and had reaffirmed in their hearts the fact that while the bridge was representative of the might of a nation even when down on its luck, they in fact were the real might of the nation. To all those who gave their last full measure of devotion to US.
Comment by Jason
July 6, 2009 @ 8:11 am
Interestingly, an NPR interview with a historian who works in this area revealed that the first two paragraphs of the declaration were largely “boilerplate” language that could be found in many other documents. She suggested that the really important and innovative part of the declaration was the last paragraph, where the statement about declaring independence from a patriarchal empire was made. She noted that the passage of time and people’s limited focus caused a move from the last para to the second. Food for thought.
July 6, 2009 @ 2:04 pm
Great boiler plate! Hope eaten often.
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