By Catharine Cooper
Happy 234th birthday, America!
On Sunday, we will celebrate the bravery and vision of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. It seems hard to fathom that we were ever under the ruling influence of any other country. Decades after its signing, President Abraham Lincoln called the Declaration of Independence "that immortal emblem of humanity," for it clearly set us apart from the rest of the world.
It was a ragtag army of committed patriots that banded together to demand an end to the repression and excessive taxes of England. Their actions paved the way for the establishment of a democracy unlike any other, grounded in our Constitution. With three arms of government — the executive, the legislative, and the judicial — we provided ourselves a framework of constant checks and balances, to insure that no one arm of government would ever control the fate or future of our country.