It might be well to remind ourselves that Independence Day means more than a day off work, fireworks, picnics, and other assorted fun stuff.
This holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, separating the 13 colonies from the Kingdom of Great Britain. It is certainly something worth celebrating.
I’ll bet many Americans don’t realize that our revolution was not entirely popular with a large segment of the population at that time. Not everyone agreed that separation from the greatest nation in the world and challenging their huge, experienced army and navy was a great idea. The people in some colonies were more supportive than others.
The members of the Continental Congress were deeply divided on many issues.
You might be surprised to learn that the founding of this nation required a great deal of … dare I say it? … political compromise. Those original patriots were men and women of unusual vision and courage … and they found a way to get the job done.
I think we need more of that spirit in today’s U-S-A.
Our thought for today is from F. Scott Fitzgerald: