04 July 2009

July 4th

Obviously I'm a bit biased being an American, but I still think the Revolutionary War and signing of the Declaration of Independence was one of the most historically significant periods in civilization. Not so much because of the practical aspects (wanting to pay less taxes, keeping the King of England out of our face), but rather the ideals that average citizens actually had individual rights and that government existed by permission of the people. It was a concept that had been gaining steam in Europe during the Renaissance, and it all sort of culminated in the American colonies in the late 18th century. The history of civilization has been incredibly violent and depressing with governments which function as tyrannies, and we are lucky to not live in such a state of despair. So Tom, Ben, George, and the rest of the guys, thanks for July 4th.

8 comments:

AirmanMom said...

May we never forget, this weekend is Independence Day weekend!
~AM

lela said...

Amen, former-Lt Nixon! You have a happy and safe 4th of July celebration!

lela said...

Amen, former-Lt Nixon! You have a happy and safe 4th of July celebration!

subrookie said...

I'd like to thank our founding fathers of the State of Washington for letting our native tribes sell fireworks.

All joking aside, it's a great day for a great country. If I didn't live in a lefty state I'd go in my backyard and shoot my 12 gauge up in the sky in celebration. Here...I'd get arrested.

Antoinette said...

Great post, LT. Happy 4th!!!

Nixon said...

Thanks all. Hope everyone had a blast!

Ms. Kiyum said...

Hope you had a good 4th Nixon.

Lisa said...

The moment of our "founding" was a great one. Big ideas abounded, and creative and brave men ran the thing. Those were the days.