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Happy Birthday USA

4 July 2019

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

Like most countries, the USA Independence Day on July 4th celebrates the birth of the United States of America. In The Revolutionary War of 1775, thirteen American colonies rebelled against the control of Great Britain. Unfair taxation was the main gripe.

Photo: Celebrating the 243rd Independence Day of the United States at “Hill House” Waterkloof, Adv Ajay Sooklal is pictured with Members of the USA Marine Corp. Chargè d'Affaires of the US, Jessye Lapenn hosted a reception in Pretoria, SA under the theme 'California Dreaming' where American history and culture were celebrated.

As with many of the rebellions against colonialism, the native population stood up. Not so in the USA and some other countries in the Americas. Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman, compiled the document that outlined and explained the Declaration of Independence, a historic American declaration.

'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.'

This is the second sentence of the Declaration, it is considered to be the most beautiful in the English language.

America, as it is generally referred to, is the melting pot of all humanity, where the traits, personalities, beliefs, customs, traditions, culture and art of every nationality can be found. Its voice, images, and actions have been personified by the right to the freedom of expression. American style fashion and music have found resonance with almost everyone that comes into contact with it. The USA is undeniably the frontrunner and lead player in innovation and entrepreneurship, the active consumer culture, which has the right of choice, seems to be the main motivation. The ground-breaking concepts and super-sized projects have left many in awe, recognizing and acknowledging some amazing feats, looking to the USA for support and leadership.

Iconic idols of Americana are ubiquitously present the world over, they are revered and emulated. The USA portrays a belief that hard work and dedication can make your dreams come true, and with a bit of luck, you can reach the heights that your talent and ability can take you. The Economy is close to the American psyche, its accounting figures tally up to make it the largest economy in the world after all. The US Dollar is the most traded reserve currency to date.

The social responsibility and generosity of the American people are legendary. Many courageous voices for justice and freedom have emanated from the USA, and some have been the most vocal and loudest against its own government administration. Displaced people, undocumented migrants are among pioneering immigrants and professionals alike, and have found a home in the USA, where many still hope to travel to and visit, this country that offers much.




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