Thomas Jefferson comes to mind on this 4th of July, although John Adams is responsible for my lack of sleep last evening. Another special day here in the U.S.A. of hot dogs, Bud Lite and fireworks. Flag waving too. How interesting.
How far we 21st century Americans are removed from that day in 1776. Just imagine: the men who signed that document rode horses to the signing. They were all white men of some degree of affluence, landowners, many owning slaves. They had no intention of designing a nation where ‘all are equal.’ Equality as principle would begin to develop years after the obituaries of the 56 signers were written. Women, non-landowners, blacks and teens were placed on a waiting list until the theme of equality would develop.
BLAM! Whiz! BOOM!
Happy Independence Day.
Addendum: A recent poll on ‘patriotism’ found that white evangelicals report stronger feelings of pride than other religious groups. More than two-thirds (68%) of white evangelicals say they are extremely proud to be American, compared to 56% of white mainline Protestants, 49% of minority Christians, 48% of Catholics, and 39% of religiously unaffiliated Americans.
What does this purport? I find it odd.