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Have a safe and happy 4th of July

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There’s not much to say today on this 4th of July other than, at its heart, the American experience and this celebration is one where the ideas of modernity and the Enlightenment struggled to shed the yolk of plenary authoritarian rule; that the Declaration was not so much a statement of values as an airing of grievances and a call for help beyond these shores to those who would aid us; that the idea and institution of a Republic of free men is a both a precious one and a very old one — it is also an idea and an institution that has easily been snuffed out time and again throughout human history by corruption, avarice, venality, militarism, and the willingness of its participants to sacrifice their ideals and civic soul upon the altar of security, convenience, or sloth.

Democracy is not a test we pass just once. It is a test we must pass every day. Failing just one time, losing just one battle, ensures others follow in rapid succession. Those Enlightment drafters, the “Fathers” knew that. They said as much. And, in the end they were pretty smart.

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July.

We’ll see you tomorrow

Feel free to drop your menu, plans, thoughts on participatory democracy and the like below. Open Thread day, whooo! #Freedom