Defining a Nation

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Following his July 4th celebration, author Scott Berkun posted an interesting question on his blog (for my American readers) - when was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution? I’ll confess to being a bit of a geek, so honestly it hasn’t been that long for me, just a few months. If it’s been a while, you should click the links below and go read them, if for no other reason than they’re beautiful pieces of writing. As Berkun says “Can you rally a nation in 1300 words, or define a government in 8000? Now that’s writing.” I’d dearly love to see a reporter ask President Bush or Vice-President Cheney when was the last time they read these documents. Clearly the meaning has been lost on them, if either of them has ever read the documents.

Declaration of Independence

U.S. Constitution

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