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The Declaration of Interdependence

I work in healthcare. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the teams I work with have been called heroes in so many ways. You have seen the images of nurses and doctors pulling extra shifts – exhausting themselves to the breaking point and beyond. They appear powerless at times because they can only respond to the needs […]

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Declaration of Independence pushing for immigration

On the Fourth of July I have made it my habit to read the Declaration of Independence. Those big words of the preamble and the conclusion continue to impress me by the power that words can execute. This year I’ve been drawn to a more technical section though: “The history of the present King of […]

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Independence, Boycott, and Racism

This year, I’m going back to the origins of the Declaration of Independence and the Second Continental Congress, by taking a look at the Continental Association which was ratified by the First Continental Congress in 1774. The first two provisions are remarkable: 1. That from and after the first day of December next, we will not […]

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When in the Course of Human Events

“When in the Course of Human Events” is that most popular opening phrase of the Declaration of Independence. Usually I have skipped over them coming to the good stuff about liberty and America. This year these few words caught my special attention. The first word of the Declaration of Independence is “When”. It is not […]

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Brexit 1776? – Happy Independence Day!

#Brexit1776 Well-meaning, patriotic, happy American friends share this meme a lot these days. There are indeed a couple of things that the American Declaration of Independence and the British vote to leave the European Union have in common: 1. People want to rid themselves of perceived oppression. In 1776 the thirteen colonies made their case […]