Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Happy 4th of July to those of you who celebrate it. Of course, the Declaration of Independence was used for publicity after its signing, having been read from the pulpits of churches throughout the Colonies. The founders of the US knew a great deal about public relations. They also knew that once they started what they said they were going to do, they had to do it. There, they fell down with a weak Continental Congress that could not supply nor feed troops well and left Washington in difficult positions more often than not. It was that experience that taught Alexander Hamilton, among others, the need for Federalism and the Constitution we have today. With the bitter debate and charges and counter-charges in Washington, DC these days, it is worth standing back to remember how we got here and where we should be going.