Nice job to all of the companies and individuals who came through this year to help provide funding for 4th of July fireworks celebrations to happen throughout our great state. This holiday celebrates our nation's declaration of independence from England 237 years ago. While we celebrate the original brilliance of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, the very freedoms declared and defined by our forefathers come up for reassessment and debate over and over again. What helps to define and separate us as a nation from many other nations and even so-called democracies throughout the world is that we usually discuss, argue, and resolve issues through words and laws.
We don't take kindly to rock and bottle tossing, bombing, and civil rebellions. We don't cater to kidnappings and threats. We don't tolerate sieges, threats, and takeovers. We may disagree on some very heavy and vital topics in this country, but ever since 1865, we've done a pretty good job as a nation of finding ways internally to deal with change and diametrically opposed viewpoints through evolution, not revolution, through dynamic dialogue and decency within dissension, thus avoiding dysfunctional dystopia.
In 1947, Winston Churchill, a man who famously ran England, our former caretaker, reportedly said that "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." And so it is in 2013, as we continue to reassess what we all want, need, and must have and how to get there as a society, as a state surrounded by no others, and as a country. In so many ways, the 4th of July allows us to reflect and take pride in the evolution of this nation while we continue to try to live up to the still-revered goals and words of the inventers of America a long, long time ago in a place that seems so far, far away. Think about it….