- The Declaration of Independence
Happy Birthday to the United States of America! And very much hoping that it truly is a case of " God Bless America."
So while every country and every culture has made, and presumably will continue to make, contributions to the world, it remains the case - or at least is an aspiration for America to be, as Ronald Reagan phrased it "a shining city upon a hill"
Or as Thomas Paine wrote in Common Sense in 1776: "The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind." Common Sense