No, not the movie…or its sequel. It’s the Fourth of July in America.
As noted in RonnBlogs past, this day celebrates the Declaration of Independence, a document that continues to inspire and impress.
Say what you will about the Founding Fathers (these days, the majority of which is quite bogus), they knew their way around the written word. Most Americans are familiar with phrases such as “When in the Course of human events…” and “We hold these truths to be self-evident…”. But for sheer sentence power, check this one out:
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Interesting use of capitalization notwithstanding, that’s some Class-A scribblin’, fellas. Well played.
Of course, not all of the folks present at the birth of our nation were so sophisticated in their writing. Not much has changed.
Compare and contrast these recent examples of writing from current presidential contenders:
Everyone knows I am right that Robert Pattinson should dump Kristen Stewart. In a couple of years, he will thank me. Be smart, Robert.
Let’s make America a world leader in manufacturing, again.
“THE SYSTEM IS RIGGED!”
Do not throw away your shot. Win tickets to see
@HamiltonMusical with Hillary.
Iron Mike Tyson was not asked to speak at the Convention though I’m sure he would do a good job if he was. The media makes everything up!
Two words: free WiFi.
Stirring stuff. Hard to believe that with such soaring rhetoric so few people actually take the time to vote.
Despite the drop in writing quality, I still believe this is a pretty great country. Lots of opportunity for improvement, to be sure. But on this day, I’m choosing to be grateful. Not so much for current political blather, but for the staying power of the original words so brilliantly written in 1776.
Today’s Fact Cetera
The Bill of Rights is stated in 463 words. A recent federal directive to regulate the price of cabbage contains 26,911 words.