Tuesday, July 04, 2006
I am a Canadian. I am also a big fan of the America envisioned by its founding fathers, at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776. I was thrilled when, on moving to our present address thirteen years ago, my family was assigned a telephone number that ended in 1776.
The signers of the Declaration of Independence and later of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787, might not recognize the United States of today. They would likely be disappointed to see an overbearing and irresponsible federal behemoth, and a populace that is a servant of government, not its master.
Still... there, there was a dream. It was a good dream. Many Americans and their friends here in Canada and elsewhere in the world, still hope for a return to the original American dream someday. It could happen. Freedom lovers all over the internet and the blogosphere write about liberty every day. They write about what America was, and can be again.
America led the way, once. Maybe it will again. It was an example to the world, once. Maybe it will be again.
Happy Independence Day, my American friends. Remember the Liberty Bell.