Volume One of the U.S. Code Annotated publishes the Organic Laws of the United States of America, and this collection begins with the Declaration of Independence. On the 4th of July, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was agreed to, engrossed on paper, signed by John Hancock as president of the Continental Congress, and the Declaration was circulated and directed to be proclaimed in each of the United States. Today, the United States is the oldest constitutional democracy, and the form of government we enjoy is still vigorous, practical, argumentative, and the envy of the world. Self- governance has always been difficult, and there is no reason to think that the future will make any fewer demands on the citizens of our Great Country than it did in the past. Happy 4th of July weekend everyone!