Happy Independence Day, 2012We’re celebrating our Independence Day here in the U.S., so I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and safe day of celebration. The United States is celebrating our 236th birthday today, and its independence from England. America’s independence sparked other revolutions as well, most notably the French Revolution.

I’m honored and blessed to be living in a pretty great country (although, like every great society, we certainly have our flaws).

The United States was born of great dissatisfaction with the way the people were then being governed, especially an ever-increasing and seemingly never-ending tax burden with no say in how much taxes should be levied, or how they should be spent.

In this election year, I don’t suspect we’ll see another revolution, despite misgivings about the economy (which is still bad) or America’s reluctant acceptance of taking on its fair share of health care reform. After all, the President doesn’t — and has never — had much effect on the economy… Modern, complicated international economies just don’t work that way where a single person can have that much influence on things.

It’s a great day here in New England to sit outside, fire up the barbecue, and share good times with family and friends. But we’re going to head down into Boston to enjoy a day of colonial independence activities — listening to the reading of the Declaration of Independence, a walking tour of a part of the city, and exploring the tall ships docked at the harbor.

On behalf of everyone here at Psych Central, here’s wishing your July 4th is a happy and joyous occasion (free of any family arguments or strife). Please enjoy the day!