Was the 4th of July really a happy day?

The matters that pressed on the minds of the Continental congress were many.  The pressure from the crown and from the loyalists to not incur the ire of the King must have been great. But these men met and forged a document that had stood the test of time and is considered by many the most bold and well thought out proclamation in history.  But often only the first part of the Declaration of Independence is quotes.  We all know these words.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

And how powerful are those words.  One sentence that forged a nation that rose to great power in what is considered a short history.

But there is much more to the declaration.  It is not just a couple of sentences that gave the middle finger to the king.   It was a story of thoughtful debate and a list of grievances.  The  people who signed the declaration put in writing the facts about the thoughts debated.  In this statement.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

Anyone care to relate this to the current pattern of elections in this country?  Congress has the worst approval rating ever and many still continue to get elected.  The people who benefit from poor governance continue to choose the very people who are eating this country alive from the inside.  Many may not belief they are not acting in the best interest of the country but I suspect that some know exactly what they are doing.  Others think  they are being statesmen like by engaging in compromise.  Do you think that everyone at that congress wanted to slap the king in such a fashion?  Doubtful or the previous quoted sentence would not have been written.  There is a vast difference between consensus and compromise.

Had our founders chose compromise we would still be a group of British subjects.  Maybe with some home rule but regardless compromise would have bought a document less definitive than the Declaration of Independence.   No it is consensus that we need.  Something Washington no longer does.  What comes out of Washington is not consensus but a piece meal form of governance.  I look to the declaration and I see guidance and courage.  The closing line says it all.

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.

These men were willing to risk it all to do what needed to be done.   Find me one politician in Washington who will lat his career on the line to do what needs to be done.   The declaration was the foundation and the Constitution the structure of this country.  Both were examples of courage.  Forging a freedom movement while hostile forces are on your land is dangerous.  Forging a new country and government is just as bold.    Where are our bold men and women ready to lead?  Find a person of courage, not the person your party told you to vote for.  Ask the questions that need to be asked and get the right answers or don’t vote for them.

I doubt the men who wrote the declaration were having as much fun on this day as our congress is now.  What do you think?


P.S.  Harry Reid called the Senate back form their vacations.  Do you think he did it for altruistic reasons?  Heck no  tomorrow he will announce that the Republicans are not serious about the Debt ceiling.  But the Democrats are.  As we should have learned by now it is all BS!



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7 responses to “Was the 4th of July really a happy day?

  1. SpeakupNJ

    Are you trying to tell me they had no “Camp David” where they could be pampered, at the expense of 20% unemployment, $3.75/gal gasoline and 3- simultaneous wars, in order to PLAN in complete serenity their summer vacation in New England? Oh Mike….say it isn’t so!

  2. EXCELLENT! I salute all members of our ARMED SERVICES!

  3. mikeh

    What…no pedalling around Martha’s Vineyard in bike helmet and rear-view teleprompter? No strolling the links hoping no one films your next tee?
    What kind of 4th did these dullards have anyway?

    I bet they went to church or something.

  4. mikeh


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