From the Basement

July 4, 2010

1776: The Holiday, The Musical, The Blessings

234 years ago, the Declaration of Independence was signed into existence (notwithstanding the amount of travel time it took to get all the signatures). In celebration of that great fete, we Americans will gather with our loved ones to attend parades and fireworks displays, perhaps lending some thought to the toil and labor that went into birthing our nation.

1776 is one of my favorite musicals; it chronicles the development of the Declaration. I’ve seen the film and the stage production, and it is always moving. In our day and age, I think we take for granted how revolutionary their vision was… how unique, how powerful, how challenging. Below, “Is Anybody There?” is sung on the eve of the vote by the character John Adams (played marvelously by William Daniels).

So today, let’s celebrate this wonderful day and all it has meant for this country, a country where I can still read my Bible in Starbucks, attend college, and be allowed a fair trial. The fact that we are even able to criticize and challenge our government in public is a blessing. In the midst of all the criticism, partisanship, and ideological furor, we forget how very blessed we are to live here.

Today, let’s celebrate and remember our blessings.

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