Every four years, the same debate persists around this time: whether the Winter Olympics are up to par with the Summer Olympics. I’m sure Norway and the Netherlands would love to argue that winter is far superior, and Jamaica and Great Britain would beg to differ.
Eleven score and seventeen years ago, give or take a few days, the United States declared its independence. Breaking away from one of the Great Powers of Europe may have seemed like a dicey proposition at first, but today it’s quite clear that America’s bold gamble paid off — possibly because America didn’t consider independence a gamble so much as a struggle for its own envisioned way of life. As Americans, we have not yet achieved the “shining city on a hill” that we have so greatly longed to attain, but we have come a long way.