Matt Johnson (photo credit: Jeff Ruppenthal/Lancaster Sunday News)

Capital Day has always fascinated me, the idea that we (Lancaster) were the capital of this great country at such an important time.  That the continental congress stayed here for a day, regrouped, organized and found ways to continue the fight.  The fact that we won, that in the face of insurmountable odds, a small band of men who believed changed the course of the whole world.

That this same band of men fought the might of an empire and because it was right would not quit.  That faced with the option of quitting or continuing what must have seemed like an unwinnable fight they decided to fight.  I think, all to often today, we allow people to persuade us that we can’t change this, or that this is just the way it is done or that a few of us can’t make a differences against the big corporations or the big government.

So on Capital day I am thrilled to be reminded of the simple and beautiful belief

“that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

So Saturday night (9/27) at 10:30 I am going to stand beside Matt Johnson (Matt is the one who fought to make Capital day a recognized holiday in Lancaster), I am going to raise my glass and I am going to toast the fact that we are free, we are equal and that today two hundred and thirty seven years later I am going to hope that Lancaster can again lead the way in making the world a better place.

I would love to see you all out to toast with us.  Thank you Lancaster for being so wonderful and lets all pursue happiness equality and liberty with a passion never before seen.