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Below are summations regarding the 235th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence for the United States of America.  The first is from the UK Telegraph, and the second is from RealClearPolitics, a site I am not familiar with but come across now and then.  They both contain facts and perspective pertinent to the state of America’s Grand Experiment.  Enjoy.

Down on the Fourth of July: the United States of gloom
Discusses the possibly unprecedented uncertainty of Americans toward every aspect of their nation — religion, economy, government, and media

An Exceptional Fourth of July
Posits the position that our success as rag-tag-colonies turned superpower can only have been from the (now diminished) value placed on the individual’s liberties and responsibility.