LETTER: Independence isn’t a birthdayEvery July we have to endure the endless chatter from most of our politicians and some of in the media about July 4 being the “birthday of our nation”.
Every July we have to endure the endless chatter from most of our politicians and some of in the media about July 4 being the “birthday of our nation”.
July 4 is not the birthday of our nation. Read the Declaration of Independence before you break open the fireworks.
The document declared “…that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states…” That’s right, it says that the colonies ought to be “free and independent states.” July 4 is the anniversary of 13 English colonies declaring their independence from the British Empire. While they did band together in matters of mutual interest, the 13 colonies after July 4, 1776, essentially were 13 independent nation-states. They had their own laws and many had their own currencies and foreign policies.
There was no such thing as the “United States of America” until the United States Constitution was ratified by nine of the 13 colonies in 1788.
July 4 should be a day to celebrate American independence and freedom and our way of life. The birthday of our nation it is not.