Sunday, July 4, 2010

Independence Day

First there is a post you should read, go see Ashly, you are bored anyway.

Well I hope everyone out there has/had a great Independence Day and just a big ole time with your family.

I also hope all the hot dads and even the not so hot dads alike take a few minutes to tell their brood about the meaning of Independence day and don't let them believe that it is about hot dogs and fireworks.

Like one time back 200+ years ago some guys got tired of a tyrannical government and they decided they that all men were created equal and they would be nobodies bitch. So they got together and decided being dead would be better than not being free. So they wrote this document right here. The Declaration Of Independence. If you haven't read that in a while you should.

They worked out to everyone's liking and then they voted on it and it became a unanimous declaration to the king that they wanted freedom and did not want to be dependent on them or ANY government for much of anything.

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

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

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

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

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

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

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton


Those guys signed it. They knew full well, as did everyone who took up arms against the government that they would hang if they didn't win. They decided it would be worth it. It would be worth dying to give their kids and their grand kids and the world a free society. So many did fight and many of them died. Those that lived went on to establish the United States of America. A place that until recently people were pretty much free to live their own lives. Make their own decisions, earn their own way and earn their own keep. Be the master of their own destiny. No matter how or to whom they were born, they could grow up to be whatever they wanted. These people fought and died to have borders to protect, sovereignty to keep and freedom for all.

Yeah it isn't about hot dogs and baseball. It is about what a nearly perfect republic they created and how many people have fought and died to preserve it, and how some people today don't respect what those did and some died for to vote to protect it. Teach your kids so they never have to be in a situation where daily their rights are trampled and their freedom gradually slips away. They were stronger as a people then, they knew what not having freedom was. They would have never voted it away. They would have never stood by and allowed what is happening now. When you step into a voting booth you should really wonder "Does this person I am going to cast my vote for see it the way Ben Franklin saw it?" Would you die to be free, would you vote to be free?

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.

Have a great Independence Day.





Go see what the Real World has going on!


Southern Sage

9 comments:

Beryl said...

Happy Fourth of July!

WeaselMomma said...

Very nice post. VERY.
"We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately"- Ben Frnklin along with my favorite quote of his, "Beer, proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy".

I think you would enjoy my post today on Let Freedom Ring.

Southern Sage said...

B: Thanks! Hope y'all have a big day too.

WM: 2 of my fave quotes all time. It is a shame what the simple minded are doing to the country.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Like I said in my post. Most of us take it for granted because we have never really had it taken away from us.

Unfortunately, if we walk the same path we are on we and/or our children just might. Sad thought.

Nice post. All three you posted today.

Kristy said...

So if it's not about hot dogs and baseball, can it be about pools and beer?

Southern Sage said...

SBT: No doubt and no doubt if we don't watch it we will lose more of it than we have in the last 10 years.

Kristy: I'm in for the beer as long as someone is telling the why!

Not a soccer mom said...

Happy Independence Day!!!
Be grateful oh so grateful

Trooper Thorn said...

A truly great country, said this Canadian.

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