Comment: The trully sad thing is

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The trully sad thing is

That we didn't even truly have our independence until 1783 and not 1776 like most people seem to remember.

The Treaty of Paris folks:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Paris_%281783%29

Yes indeed, 9 years of bloody warfare, many battles of which are lost to most Americans' memory.

"Liberty's too precious a thing to be buried in books...Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say: 'I'm free to think and to speak. My ancestors couldn't. I can. And my children will."

-Jimmy Stewart