This weekend we celebrate the 245th year anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Let's all take a moment away from our current troubles and contentions to reflect on the audacity and courage of that action, and the consequences that flowed from it for the signers, for our nation, and for the world.
Let's also reflect on the point that while neither they nor the country they gave birth to were perfect or always right, what was created has stood the test of time and added great value to the world. It is an axiom of human nature that good men and women can do bad and even bad men and women can do good. In order to truly judge our country one must understand its history, and do so through the lens of honesty rather than agenda.
Two years ago this week I wrote an essay about an individual of that era who embodied this dichotomy. You can access that essay via the link below. I hope you find it interesting. In the meantime, I wish everyone a very happy and peaceful Fourth of July weekend.