It's here, once again. July 4, 2011, the 235th anniversary of our founding fathers signing the quintessential birth certificate. July 4, 1776 is the day we officially recognize as our place in history - our birth. The day that we thumbed our noses at rule by the British and King George. Unfortunately, it's something that, I fear, is not being taught to our children in the most significant terms. They know the day to be 'Independence Day' but do they really know what was fought and won with the signing of this historic document? I remember, once, in a scene from the movie, "With Honors," that Joe Pesci played the part of a bum and found himself in a law class. The exchange between he and the professor caught my attention and was something that I thought explained, in detail, what was so important and brilliant about our forefathers and the documents they authored that we revere to this day. These great men, the ones we applaud annually for giving us a system of government that has served us well, were nothing more than ordinary citizens. Ordinary citizens with a foresight that is unparalleled. The brilliance of this was caught in the exchange in the movie when the professor asked , "What is the particular 'genius' of the Constitution?" Joe Pesci was playing the part of Simon Wilder, the bum, and this was the exchange:
Simon Wilder: You asked a question, sir. Let me answer it.