Happy Birthday, America

The United States is like an emotionally distant father. You're not crazy about him, you don't want to be him when you grow up, you disagree with almost everything it does, and yet, somehow, you can't get along without him. So, in honour of America's B-Day, here's a video on the unsung-but-hardcore founding father, Mr. Thomas Paine:

If political theorists aren't your thing, then I give you this:

And of course, a very hearty hello to all my friends and readers down below the 49th. Watch some fireworks for me.