Who loved who first?
The country was here before I was. (But not by much. The land was here, and there were people here, but that’s an entirely different matter. Don’t forget, it was a Mexican man – albeit a fair-skinned one – who said the pilgrims were the first wetbacks. To that, they sputter, LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT.)
FACT: I came after the country.
On July 4, 1776, in a dark and steaming room in Philadelphia, 56 white men signed a piece of paper that would become known as the Declaration of Independence, informing Great Britain in no uncertain terms that the 13 American colonies were free and independent of the Union Jack.
Not the first, perhaps, but one of the earliest and most significant expressions that has come to epitomize this, the world’s lone superpower: