Skip to comments.Fourth of July history lesson
Posted on 07/02/2002 9:59:44 PM PDT by kattracks
On July 4, 1776, our forefathers set about creating conditions by which every American has a chance to better himself, to determine his own fate, to pursue happiness on his own terms, or most importantly, simply to be left alone.
Ah, but did they create a democracy? Certainly, we tend to equate America with democracy, but we don't often truly understand its historical meaning. We also say that America is republic, again without much thought as to what that means. So, what do these terms mean? Which are we and does it really matter?
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.