EDITORIAL BOARD: Happy Independence Day, America
On July 2nd, 1776, 56 delegates from across the thirteen British American Colonies signed a document that would lay the foundation of a new experiment in representative government, the likes of which the world had not seen since the days of Classical Greece.
Two days later, on the 4th of July, the United States Declaration of Independence was ratified by the Continental Congress, initiating the American Revolutionary War with Great Britain and in the process, birthing the United States of America as an independent and sovereign nation.
Today, Americans come together and celebrate their country's 244th birthday. It is on this annual occasion that we should take time to reflect on how far we have come, and how much more there is still left for the United States to achieve. Whether it be the fight to preserve our Union, or the internal struggle for the equality of all Americans, the United States has demonstrated time-and-time again an ability to adapt and endure each and every tribulation.
As of late, an array of tensions have dominated our socio-political landscape. Public health and economic woes brought about by COVID-19, protests against police brutality, and the mudslinging and disillusionment of another election year are just a few examples of the recent obstacles that our great experiment in governance has had to confront.
And yet, for all of our shortfalls, these United States continue to prevail. Our institutions remain solvent. The spirit of the American Dream persists as a common thread, uniting all patriotic Americans of every age and identity behind a mutual desire for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
From all of us here at The National Times, Happy Fourth of July!