Birthdays are wonderful times of celebration and appreciation, but when you get to a certain age–as I am getting–one’s birthday becomes also a more sobering occasion, a time to contemplate one’s mortality. Happy birthday to me, but I can feel myself fading and wonder how many birthdays I have left. Can the same be said of America’s birthday? On this 243rd birthday of America’s independence, is our nation showing its age and losing its vitality?
The Fourth of July celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which sets forth the assumptions of the American experiment: