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Happy Independence Day 2018

July 4, 2018

 “And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”

  Those were more than just words, for when the founders affixed their names under those words they did exactly what those words said; they pledged their lives, fortunes, and honor towards the founding of a new nation and a cause that they believed so firmly in that they were willing to die for it.

  Independence was officially approved on July 2nd but it wasn’t until July 4th that the final version of the Declaration was voted on and passed with these famous words: “We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levey war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do.” 

  But independence was not yet won.

  There would be many years of conflict to follow, there would be more defeats than victories before the war ended, but in the end victory was achieved and a new nation was born.

   The war had been raging on for over a year when the Declaration was signed, but up until July 4th 1776 America was in a war which was being fought to reestablish her natural born rights as Englishmen, it was not a war for independence. This document changed that and henceforth this was a war of separation.

  While people such as Samuel Adams were clamoring for independence, and while George Washington secretly hoped that America would declare its independence as he was leading the Continental Army against the British, it was a pamphlet called “Common Sense” which was written by Thomas Paine  that finally convinced many of the founders and citizens of America that independence was not only justifiable, but was also proper.

   Thomas Paine was the first person to actually set down in words the reasoning for  American independence, and why it was a noble and worthy cause; and he is credited as the first person to actually brand this nation the “United States of America.”

  When the founders signed this document they became traitors to the Crown and if captured they would have been hanged as such– losing all three pledges they had sworn to each other. They all understood this and were willing to pay the price as Benjamin Franklin famously quipped, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

  While they never had to pay the ultimate price for the freedom they have given us–an estimated 25,000 men did, fighting for the cause they believed in–many of them did end up bankrupt or near bankrupt and in debt. So when they pledged their  lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor there was no turning back. Many of them may have lost their fortunes, but they never lost their honor.

  Now it was up to the Continental Army to deliver us the freedom the Declaration rightfully claimed belonged to Americans. The battle went on for many years and it wasn’t until October 19th in 1781 at Yorktown that General Lord Cornwallis surrendered his army to General Washington by sending his second in command to surrender his sword instead of doing it himself as was considered proper in the day–a slight that George Washington was offended by and never forgave–that hostilities ended and a year later the Treaty of Paris was signed and independence was official.

  But none of those events would have happened if it wasn’t for the Declaration that was signed on this day in 1776 and so today we celebrate the birth of the greatest nation in the history of the world. ”It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.”

  I hope that everyone enjoys their Fourth of July. Let the fireworks and the grilling begin! Please take a little time during this Fourth of July holiday to think about the men and women who are serving this country today– as well as all of those in the past– who have dedicated their lives to ensure that the vision of our founders remains intact and that a ”government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

  I am sharing with you two videos this year: The first is a video of Patrick Henry’s infamous “Liberty or Death” speech and the second is the scene from the HBO mini-series “John Adams” when the Declaration is adopted.

 

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  1. July 4, 2018 9:07 am

    Happy Independence Day

    And may God bless us all.

    Take good care,

    TGY

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    • July 4, 2018 6:27 pm

      Thank you and to you as well.

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  2. July 4, 2018 9:50 am

    Happy 4th of July!
    Let’s hope for a little civility in the coming year.
    We need to reflect on our historic past and the people who created this country.

    From St. John’s Church Richmond Virginia website.

    “A year prior to drafting the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Thomas Jefferson attended the Second Virginia Convention held inside St. John’s Church. Alongside George Washington, Richard Henry Lee and other important figures in the American Revolution, Jefferson listened as Patrick Henry gave his now-famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech.”

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    • July 4, 2018 6:28 pm

      I hope it will be more civil going forward but it looks like we are headed in the opposite direction. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail in the second half of the year.

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  3. July 4, 2018 10:23 am

    Well said Steve… not often talked about, but the war of 1812 was just about as vile…I just caught it on the history channel.
    It will be interesting to see where our country is when we meet again next year at the same time.
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful day.

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    • petermac3 permalink
      July 4, 2018 6:16 pm

      So true Bunker. Those of us who know our country’s history also know how the then media did all they could to besmirch the reputation of the man, Andrew Jackson, who saved the country at The Battle of New Orleans; a fete overshadowing his personal impurities which in today’s world would be strictly amateur hour, even as today his image on the $20 bill fades away due to the efforts of those who will never be deterred from erasing our history and our constitution which allows them to do so….legally. Let’s happily all carry on our mantra of God Bless America while we still can.

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      • July 4, 2018 6:19 pm

        it was touch and go… and it was a bit of a trick that saved the today…and some bad weather.

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      • July 4, 2018 6:32 pm

        I guess not much has really changed, has it Peter?

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    • July 4, 2018 6:31 pm

      Thanks Bunkerville for the compliment and I hope you had a great day as well.

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  4. July 4, 2018 1:44 pm


    1. A state of being not dependent; complete exemption from control, or the power of others; as the independence of the Supreme Being.

    2. A state in which a person does not rely on others for subsistence; ability to support one’s self.

    3. A state of mind in which a person acts without bias or influence from others; exemption from undue influence; self-direction. independence of mind is an important qualification in a judge.

    Declaration of independence the solemn declaration of the Congress of the United States of America, on the 4th of July 1776, by which they formally renounced their subjection to the government of Great Britain.

    Realized Dependent on the Sovereign LORD God is where ‘True & Real Freedom’ comes from and Lives on!
    #WalkAway from the lies, liars and their system of injustice. (The Wizard of Oz green eyeglass lens wearers.)
    HAPPY (BLESSED) IN-DEPENDENCE (OF GOD) DAY!

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    • July 4, 2018 6:36 pm

      Thanks for sharing that, I hadn’t heard it before. I hope you had a blessed day as well!

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  5. July 4, 2018 10:41 pm

    Giving ‘recognition to and honor those who fight for Goodness!’
    Out w/ the scum .. IN WITH THE GOOD!

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