happy birthday, america!

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Two hundred and thirty-three years ago, a bunch of anti-authoritarian misfits got together in Philadelphia, and wrote a declaration that boldly said, “We’re our own country now. Anybody got a problem with that?”

America: where our unofficial national motto is “You’re Not The Boss Of Me”.  May she survive the combined efforts of politicians from both sides of the aisle to tear up that inconvenient Constitution.

(July 4th fact: The United States is the world’s oldest functioning constitutional republic.)

I’m heading into Boston today to pick up a high school friend from Germany who’s going to stay with us for a few days.  You folks go and celebrate the Fourth of July in whatever way seems best to you.  Gather some friends, have some beer, launch some fireworks, fire some guns…and take some time to appreciate the fact that you get to live in the place that Ben Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and  Thomas Paine built.  America is the Great Social Experiment–the first country in the history of the world built on the notion that all men are created equal, that the government is not the master of the citizen, and that there are inalienable rights that the state may not touch.

So raise your glass in the direction of Washington, D.C. today, and join me in reciting the ancient oath and sentiment that got our country started:

You’re Not The Boss Of Me!

4 thoughts on “happy birthday, america!

  1. Baker M. Romeo says:

    You’re not the boss of me, now
    You’re not the boss of me, now
    You’re not the boss of me, now
    and you’re no-ot so big~

    http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/song/You_re_Not_The_Boss_Of_Me_Now/6691255

    Happy 4th!

  2. MarkHB says:

    *grins*

    You should be a writer or something ol’ pal.

  3. T.Stahl says:

    (July 4th fact: The United States is the world’s oldest functioning constitutional republic.)

    I had that feeling. Thanks for confirming it, now I don’t have to search for it.

  4. Tam says:

    I was ten before I found out that e pluribus unum wasn’t Latin for “You’re not the boss of me.”

    I was vaguely disappointed.

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