Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy Independence Day

230 years ago today, 56 people risked their lives to sign the Declaration of Independence, beginning an ongoing experiment on democracy and self-determination. Sometimes the U.S. has done well, sometimes it has not. Here's hoping many more successes are ahead.

Today, seven men and women from the U.S. and Europe risked their lives as the aging space shuttle successfully launched into orbit. We know that they still face many risks in the coming two weeks, and I wish them luck.

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