I have become a bit of a stickler about the language around Independence Day. Like some other patriotic holidays—Memorial Day comes to mind—the political significance of the day is often over-shadowed by the celebratory customs that have emerged around it. We aren’t observing the “Fourth of July,” but rather America’s Declaration of Independence. My political science friends remind me of this. The card below is a simple one I designed for the holiday. The background is one of Jasper John’s familiar flag paintings. On it I have mounted a brochure from an early 19th Century county race in our beloved Iowa. Dave B. Hawkins was a Democrat running for re-election. I like the fact that his brochure is stamped with an official union mark….it was printed at a union shop!