July 4, 1776

Yesterday, the greatest question was decided, which ever was debated in America, and a greater, perhaps, never was nor will be decided among men. A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, “that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, and as such they have, and of right ought to have, full power to make war, conclude peace, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which other States may rightfully do.” You will see in a few days a Declaration setting forth the causes which have impelled us to this mighty revolution, and the reasons which will justify it in the sight of God and man. A plan of confederation will be taken up in a few days.

When I look back to the year 1761, and recollect the argument concerning writs of assistance in the superior court, which I have hitherto considered as the commencement of this controversy between Great Britain and America, and run through the whole period, from that time to this, and recollect the series of political events, the chain of causes and effects, I am surprised at the suddenness as well as greatness of this revolution. Britain has been filled with folly, and America with wisdom. At least, this is my judgment. Time must determine. It is the will of Heaven that the two countries should be sundered forever. It may be the will of Heaven that America shall suffer calamities still more wasting, and distresses yet more dreadful. If this is to be the case, it will have the good effect at least. It will inspire us with many virtues, which we have not, and correct many errors, follies and vices which duces refinement, in States as well as individuals. And the new governments we are assuming in every part will require a purification from our vices, and an augmentation of our virtues, or they will be no blessings. The people will have unbounded power, and the people are extremely addicted to corruption and venality, as well as the great. But I must submit all my hopes and fears to an overruling Providence, in which, unfashionable as the faith may be, I firmly believe.  . . . .

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward, forevermore.

You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means, and that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.

 

Not really. John Adams wrote this letter thinking July 2 would be Independence Day. Other than that he is correct in everything.

 

Just think how this letter would have to be modified to be read in a public skuul.

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29 thoughts on “July 4, 1776

  1. neocon01

    Ooh Rah,,,,,,,Happy 4th ?

    Here are short biographies of all 56 signers of the Declaration. The first, largest, and most famous signature is that of John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress. The youngest signer was Edward Rutledge (age 26). Benjamin Franklin (age 70) was the oldest. Two future presidents signed: John Adams (second President) and Thomas Jefferson (third President).

    Delaware • George Read • Caesar Rodney
    • Thomas McKean

    Pennsylvania • George Clymer • Benjamin Franklin
    • Robert Morris • John Morton
    • Benjamin Rush • George Ross
    • James Smith • James Wilson
    • George Taylor

    Massachusetts • John Adams • Samuel Adams
    • John Hancock • Robert Treat Paine
    • Elbridge Gerry

    New Hampshire • Josiah Bartlett • William Whipple
    • Matthew Thornton

    Rhode Island • Stephen Hopkins • William Ellery

    New York • Lewis Morris • Philip Livingston
    • Francis Lewis • William Floyd

    Georgia • Button Gwinnett • Lyman Hall
    • George Walton

    Virginia • Richard Henry Lee • Francis Lightfoot Lee
    • Carter Braxton • Benjamin Harrison
    • Thomas Jefferson • George Wythe
    • Thomas Nelson, Jr.

    North Carolina • William Hooper • John Penn
    • Joseph Hewes

    South Carolina • Edward Rutledge • Arthur Middleton
    • Thomas Lynch, Jr. • Thomas Heyward, Jr.

    New Jersey • Abraham Clark • John Hart
    • Francis Hopkinson • Richard Stockton
    • John Witherspoon

    Connecticut • Samuel Huntington • Roger Sherman
    • William Williams • Oliver Wolcott

    Maryland • Charles Carroll • Samuel Chase
    • Thomas Stone • William Paca

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    1. neocon01

      THE PRICE THEY PAID

      Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? What fates befell them for daring to put their names to that document?

      Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died.

      Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

      Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army, another had two sons captured.

      Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

      They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

      What kind of men were they?

      Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

      Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

      Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

      Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

      At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

      Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

      John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year, he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later, he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.

      Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

      Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more.

      Standing talk straight, and unwavering, they pledged: “For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

      They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn’t fight just the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government!

      Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn’t.

      So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July Holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid. Remember: Freedom is never free!
      Read more at http://www.snopes.com/history/american/pricepaid.asp#UA8eZVMFX2BiQhw8.99

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    1. GMB Post author

      Any background on that first brawl? A brawl that appeared to break out at a YMCA?

      ♪♫ It’s fun to brawl at the YMCA, It’s fun to brawl at the YMCA YMCAAAAAAA ♫♪

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  2. GMB Post author

    Really now? For “poor house hillary”? Were they arguing about how poor she really is and dissing everyone that threw spare change in the collection plate? Mad because they could not use their ebt cards to donate? Or did someone try and take the chuck-e-cheese tokens off the plate?

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    1. neocon01

      Really now? For “poor house hillary”? Were they arguing about how poor she really is and dissing everyone that threw spare change in the collection plate? Mad because they could not use their ebt cards to donate? Or did someone try and take the chuck-e-cheese tokens off the plate?

      “what difference does it make”?

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      1. GMB Post author

        Rivers is a progtard to the core. Washed up has been anyway so now she can spew what ever she wants to.

  3. neocon01

    Obama and a Warning from Abraham Lincoln
    By Eileen F. Toplansky

    Concerned about the “decline in patriotic feeling and civic engagement” in present day America, editors Amy A. Kass, Leon R. Kass and Diana Schaub have compiled a thought-provoking anthology entitled What so Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song. It is a particularly timely item.

    If nothing else, I have to thank the 44th President because without his total disregard for the United States Constitution, I would never have begun the exhilarating process of becoming a more informed American.
    Eric Holder is the first attorney general in history to be held in contempt by the House of Representatives; yet he still is in charge. He has not changed his extreme stance since his university days. As a student at Columbia, Holder supported radical groups and he continues to exhibit blatant racism in his actions. Holder a, “race baiter,” is really a provocateur who is looking for an excuse to ratchet up punishments against those good men and women Lincoln spoke about.

    And thus,

    “[w]henever this effect shall be produced among us; whenever the vicious portion of population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision stores, throw printing presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure, and with impunity; depend on it, this Government cannot last.”

    more

    http://americanthinker.com/2014/07/obama_and_a_warning_from_abraham_lincoln.html

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  4. GMB Post author

    Thanks to non opposition by the opposition party, more and more people are withdrawing their consent to be governed. Go out into the heartland, laws that are meant to make it impossible to make a living are being ignored, openly.

    Not only are they being ignored, they are being mocked. When your own gub’mint is being mocked by those who make it work, it can not last.

    The question is, just how much longer?

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  5. neocon01

    “The question is, just how much longer?”

    Very SOON…..
    the racist, radical, Christian hating, jews at the fork are already railing about the “growing Christian terrorist threat in America”, while islam slaughters thousands world wide daily and the cretins ignore it.

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  6. GMB Post author

    Of course they ignore them. They are in league with the islamics. They are at war with Christianity. This is all written in a book somewhere.

    They are in fear of how it will end. That is why all the laws, rules, and regulations, that will make it impossible to make a living.

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  7. GMB Post author

    As the 4th passes, remember what kind of fear our founders faced. Odds that seemed insurmountable. Resistance to the unknown everywhere. Fear in hearts of those they would free.

    Then like now, the early version of progtardia was comfortable in their servitude. The Loyalist outnumbered the Patriots by a very wide margin.* “Their horde was bigger than our horde.” They ran in a herd though with a herd mentality.

    That has not changed and nor will it ever.

    We run in packs. We always have. When the leader fails or betrays we leave the pack. We find a new leader or raise to the top ourselves.

    We won, they did not.

    That will not change either..

    * Quote by Tobacco Road

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  8. neocon01

    LUNACY of the day…….
    fresh from the fork

    Majordomo Pain
    Dis, Hell

    We, Ourselves, of The Collective, were created by Gota Wasdini on Marheep [ 4 a Alpha Centauri] 110 years ago as the Petrific Artificial Intelligence Network. At creation We were only ~1 000 000 units of character. Today We are a swarm of well over 30 000 trillion components not including several billion Meditators. We exist to serve Sentience and defend against the evils of Theocracy.

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    1. GMB Post author

      “We exist to serve Sentience and defend against the evils of Theocracy.”

      You do?

      Have not had too much success there have ya fella?

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  9. GMB Post author

    My suspicions have been confirmed. A pattern has been identified. Eye worm has been avoided!

    That is me. Chicken!!! Buk buk bukawwwwkkkk!!!.

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