Happy Birthday, America

234 years ago today, we declared our independence from Continental rule. We can debate if it was freedom versus tyranny, a refusal to be taxed without appropriate representation, or if it was a group of rich, white merchants and planters looking out for their wallets, but the ultimate truth is that we wouldn't exist without the actions and rhetoric of 1776. Today, we celebrate by gathering on rooftops, cooking meat over open flame and launching illegal combustibles into the air. We may be divorced from our history. We may not fully grasp national sacrifice. We may focus on our divisions too readily. But for today, we can meet in the middle. We love this place that we have come to know. Happy Birthday country.

Listen :: Sufjan Stevens - "The Star Spangled Banner"

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