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In a Philadelphia heat wave 224 years ago, the Founding Fathers agreed to hang together with the understanding that, if they failed to do so, they would all hang separately.

In a Philadelphia heat wave 224 years ago, the Founding Fathers agreed to hang together with the understanding that, if they failed to do so, they would all hang separately.
Thus began our national experiment in self-government -- a radical idea in the time of kings -- that suggested that we would all be happier if everyone had a say in how they were governed than if everyone had to live at the whim of one or just a few people chosen by birthright.
Today, many seem cynical about our leaders; we complain all the way from the semi-smoke-free restaurants of Duluth to the halls of Washington about the decisions of our elected officials. However, looking at the blessings of liberty brought to us over almost two and a quarter centuries, it's fairly obvious that a democratic republic, for all its inefficiencies, is a superior form of goverment.
Although we must remain aware that our government is only an "experiment," this Fourth of July all of us should take some pride in this nation that every American helps recreate every day.

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