While Americans celebrate their glory Foundation Fireworks July 4th clarify certain things about the ancient world, too
For citizens of the United States, July 4 - Independence Day - is definitely a birthday to celebrate and celebrate. As founder John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail, the day Congress approved the Declaration of Independence "should be celebrated with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, lights joy and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from now on forever. "So it is. And like millions of Americans do, I will join friends and neighbors for a barbecue and fireworks of the watch.
But of course, for a person of English abroad, living in the United States, not the same. Not that I'm mourning the loss of the colonies - in fact, I like the ritual of joke as a "Limey" or "Brit", now a guest of immigrants in the country that the Mad King George lost. Today I have my green card, I try to be fluent in American English, I have a U.S. driver's license, I'm still a supporting member of the National Public Radio in two states .. . in this land of immigrants, I feel more comfortable as belonging as they come.
But I'm not a citizen. I have not learned to love the stars and stripes. And I never learned by heart the text of the Bill of Rights. Thus, the "highlights" are great, but it is inevitable that I see with a certain detachment.
And indeed, a hangover of envy. While Americans provide for freedom from tyranny, every summer, the British obtained a royal wedding both ten years maybe, if we're lucky.
not as if we the motherland could not find a good birthday of our own to celebrate. We Constitution, after all. But can we expect the British to celebrate the "habeas corpus streets Parties" for the 800 in 2015
But if some concessions intimidated rebel barons of King John at Runnymede in 1215, Americans in 1776 were released from the monarchical principle once and for all. Thomas Paine emigrated to the United States - and with him went all those democratic ideals wonderfully seditious common sense and human rights. He leaves behind a country that never had a formal written constitution or bill of rights.
And this despite the fact that England
- "In fact, I think the poorest hee that in England hath a life to live, as the greatest hee, so really, sir, I think itt clear, that every man who is live under a government must first by his own consent to put himself under that government, and I think that the poorest man in England is not at all bound in a strict sense to that government that has not have a voice to stand under. "
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