The Birth of Liberty-Day 1

 

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On July 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress of the 13 U.S. Colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, which was the official statement ratifying their vote 2 days prior to permanently break from Great Britain’s rule.  Each July 4th from that day forward, people throughout the country and from all walks of life, come together to celebrate the birth of America’s Independence.

We do this in many ways; with gatherings of friends and family, backyard grilling and lots and lots of food/drink, and of course with fireworks.  It’s a highly patriotic time, yet sometimes the essence of what what’s actually being celebrated can get lost in the hoopla.  Indeed, the profoundness of this official declaration of freedom was unlike anything the world had ever seen, the blood, sweat and sacrifices from the men that construed it, immense.

In honor of them and the spirit of those revolutionary times, I’m going to post a Founding Father quote each day through July 4th.  We owe them a great debt, the least we can do is reflect on their thoughts and ponder the importance they hold for us as Americans to be able to live in such free, peaceful and prosperous times.

The first is from John Adams, our first Vice President and second President of the United Sates.  Actually I’m throwing in two because they fit well together.

“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 tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”

“You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve YOUR freedom. I hope you will make a good use of it.”- John Adams

Yes, we will never truly know how much that generation sacrificed for us. That in itself is such a tremendous blessing.

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14 Responses to The Birth of Liberty-Day 1

  1. madblog says:

    Good for you, Tricia. Excellent idea.

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  2. Thanks for making this happen. I look forward to the series. Love John Adams. What a great American!

    Also, thanks for your stand for freedom!

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  3. Oh I just love Adams—one of my favorite reads was David McCoullough’s John Adams…
    and I loved reading the letters exchanged between he and Abigail—out of the lot, beisdes​ Reagan, Adams was the man 🙂
    Off to visit Jackson’s Hermitage this week outside of Nashville—I’m really looking forward to that as I am also a fan of Jackson’s—despite his current fall from grace over the current day PC police who look to the past and attempt to white wash what was…

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    • Tricia says:

      Oh yes Julie, McCoullough’s book on Adams is a great read! One of the reasons I think people like Reagan were so outstanding was that he really studied and understood those great men of history who founded the country and the principles they put their lives on the line for. You just don’t see that learnedness in may politicians today.

      Enjoy the visit to Nashville and Jackson’s Hermitage! PC Police…sigh….

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    • Citizen Tom says:

      Read that book too. Came away understanding why Adams was a great man. The history classes I took as a boy did not treat him well.

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  4. Al says:

    It was indeed an incredible moment in world history. A group of men willing to risk fortune and life itself for an idea of self-government. Franklin’s quote “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately” is one of my all time favorites. I am so proud and blessed to be an American.

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    • Tricia says:

      “I am so proud and blessed to be an American.” Amen to that Al. Franklin will definitely make an appearance in one of the next posts. What a genius he was.

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