I'm only half-joking of course but I found the parallels interesting. No doubt there were many colonists who felt that America could never make it on their own. For a period of time things were tough for America. Now, 240 years later (by my possibly bad math) the country has become a global superpower.
For better or for worse.
See I can say pretty much what I want about the Americans because they won't be reading today. They'll be too busy blowing up their country with fireworks. I love fireworks though so if anything I'm jealous of their ability to do so.
If you are an American and you do happen to read this, then have a kickass day today. If you aren't American then just try and ignore the "USA!" chants and explosions.
Remember what that guy from the Simpsons said; "Celebrate the independence of your nation by blowing up a small part of it!"