Jul 04 2009

Happy Independence Day — July 4, 2009

Published by at 5:53 pm under Wave Guide 10: Pop Culture

Hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July!

It was on this day in 1776 that the Continental Congress issued the United States Declaration of Independence — the founding document of the American republic. It was signed by its principal author Thomas Jefferson and fifty-five others including Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and, of course, John Hancock.

John Trumbull’s famous 1819 painting of the drafting committee of the Declaration of Independence presenting their work to the Congress in 1776. Click trumbull2.jpg.

In its second sentence is this profound assertion of human rights:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

As you pursue your happiness today, please keep in mind the ideas that conquered the world, as expressed by Johns Hoplins University’s Michael Mandelbaum; these ideas point to prosperity on Earth and in space as humans expand into the cosmos: peace, democracy, and free markets.

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