Undoubtedly, there was more than one reading of all or portions of the Declaration of Independence given across the country today. Speaking of which; don’t you think that Independence Day is a holiday geared more for children? It’s not that adults don’t enjoy it as much as their charges; they definitely do but I think their, our celebration comes with a more seasoned viewpoint on life.
Let me rephrase it. When we’re young, we’re prodded by the teachers to “think about what liberty means” over the July 4th holiday, rather than simply running around gorging ourselves on burgers and hot dogs and generally having a good old time down at the shore. And then at some point for some of us, age occurs and we do just that and really begin to think about what liberty and freedom means both for us today and what it meant back then to proclaim it in such a fashion. It’s still fun but at times, it’s bittersweet. This is one of those times. Continue reading