Happy July 4th to all my friends in the USA and around the world!
In our busy lives it’s easy to lose sight of America’s greatness and to forget why we shook the world in the first place.
That’s a big deal.
Sure, there had long been parliaments and senates and such, but kings, queens, emperors and empresses had really been in charge. Right up until 1776, the British Crown could force you to board troops, could levy taxes against you without recording your vote, and even put you in irons without a hearing or seize your stuff. Escheatment still survives to this day, a vestigial organ reminding us that unclaimed property reverts to the ownership of the state because, in the past, everything really belonged to the Crown anyway.
Yes, the United States of America is a really big deal, a remarkable experiment that continues to this day. There are still plenty of places in the world that are controlled by absolute rulers, sultans, kings, despots, communist parties, and so on. And while the USA is no utopia, there are reasons why everyone wants to get in.
You’re a grand old flag. Forever in peace may you wave.