As you might expect, the 4th of July does not mean the same as it does to you. To me, it is not so much about liberty, freedom of religion, or even fair representation. Well over a hundred years after the US declaration of independence these issues continued to permeate most societies. Inequality, and prejudice still exist and people today can just as easily believe that their voices are heard as meekly in Downing street and the White House as they were in the palaces of the mighty all those years ago.
Yes 4th of July is the birthday of a truly great nation, but to me it is foremost a reminder to all governments and to all kinds of leaders everywhere that they are accountable to their people. And more than this, 4th of July is a beacon of hope that the people can amount change. This is still particularly true of our politics today. Leaders would do well to keep in the forefront of their minds that they are accountable and they can and will be challenged.
To the founding fathers and their principles I raise my glass, to your great country I bow my head, and to you all I wish you the empathy, insight, and leadership that were lacking in the world in 1776.
Happy 4th of July!!