Happy American Indepdence Day!
The United States declared indpendence from Great Britain 228 years ago (in 1776). However, after a 7 year revolution for indpendence, the United
States officially won its independence from Great Britain with the Treaty of Paris 221 years ago (in 1783).
The United States has had two governments in those 221 years. The first government -- under the "Articles of Confederation" -- was brief, lasting
only from 1783 - 1789, a measly 6 years. The second and current government -- under the "Constitution of the United States" -- began in 1789 and
continues to this day, or 1789 - Present. So, the current government of the United States is 215 years old this year! This makes it the oldest
currently functioning government on Earth!
So, the United States turns 221 years old this year, and the current U.S. Government turns 215 years old this year.
A Little Background About Our Mother Country:
England came into existence in 1066, when the Anglo and Saxon tribes were united through warfare
under William I, who would become the first King of England. Scotland came into existence in 1034, when the Pict and Scot tribes were united through
warfare under Duncan I, who would become the first King of Scotland. England and Scotland merged to become Great Britain in 1707, and then Great
Britain merged with Ireland to become the United Kingdom in 1801. Though most of Ireland would break away after World War II to become an independent
country, the United Kingdom -- of the four kingdoms of England, Scotland, Wales (which was once part of England), and Northern Ireland -- continues to
I think that learning about the country that the United States came from is as important as learning about the United States itself. After all, what
better way to learn insight about a person than to study their parents as well?
Time to break out the BBQ, hot dogs, and fireworks! God bless the U.S. & her allies!
I also ask God to bless democratic republics, the free market,
and education. May everone on Earth one day have all three!
Note: I know this is about 8 hours early for everyone in the U.S. itself, but there are Americans all over the world, so for some it's already
American Indpedence Day!