People (on Facebook) can turn every holiday into a military holiday (Arbor Day: You wouldn't have trees if they hadn't died for our freedom!), which is fine. No one here is belittling the sacrifice and effort of the people who have (literally) fought for our freedom. I'm merely suggesting that we look beyond military action while eating our berry cake in the shape of a flag today, because the 4th of July is truly a day to celebrate the brains that must accompany the brawn in order for any revolution to work.
July 4, 1776 was not the day that we conquered nations by military force or took up arms against tyranny (we'd already been doing that). July 4, 1776 was the day that a bunch of Poindexters signed a piece of paper, asserting the rights of Americans to form a new government (a move that was just as risky to their lives as any fight on a battlefield). Their words were clear and simple and powerful. Their words gave our country something to fight for -- life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Without the words of our founding fathers, the colonies would've had no common purpose, no concrete documentation of why they were doing what they were doing, no unification. Without the eloquence of Thomas Jefferson, they probably would've had to have made do with Buzzfeed-type articles like "27 Times King George III Was the Absolute Worst" or frowny face emojis, or the eighteenth century equivalent.
And without the Declaration of Independence, you probably wouldn't have trees either, you ingrates.
So, today, raise a glass (or a sparkler) to the mighty pen!
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