Wednesday, July 3, 2024

The 248th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence being adopted by the Second Continental Congress.

This week marks the 248th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence being adopted by the Second Continental Congress.

Over the years, the United States has grown from 13 colonies with around 2.5 million people to 50 states and 14 territories, now home to over 330 million people. Our economy has expanded to over $27 trillion. Public health advancements have drastically reduced child mortality rates from over 45% to less than 1%, and our average lifespan has increased by more than 35 years.

American scientific achievements have given us the light bulb, modern flight, the internet, air conditioning, movies, and the polio vaccine. We have over 2.7 million miles of power lines and more than 4 million miles of paved roads, with over 90% of households having access to broadband internet. The US has also led the way in space exploration, with more than 800 human spaceflights—more than any other country.

To the 15% on the radical right and the other 15% on the liberal left, remember we are better together as a nation when we focus on real issues and find ways to work together. While there are always challenges and room for improvement, I think we've made pretty good progress since our founding. So, grab a hot dog and your favorite drink—here's to the next 248 years.

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The 248th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence being adopted by the Second Continental Congress.

This week marks the 248th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence being adopted by the Second Continental Congress. Over the years, ...