Independence Day 2014
Thoughts from myself and various Friends In The Ether on this, the 238th Anniversary of American Independence.
-Today is also the Anniversary of the deaths of the two main authors of the Declaration: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.
On Tuesday, July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, at approximately 6:20 PM, Adams died at his home in Quincy. Told that it was the Fourth, he answered clearly, “It is a great day. It is a good day.” Relatives who were at his bedside reported that his last words were “Jefferson survives”; news of Jefferson’s death earlier that day did not reach Boston until after Adams’ death….
…Jefferson called the rest of his family and friends around his bedside and with a distinct tone he uttered: “I have done for my country, and for all mankind, all that I could do, and I now resign my soul, without fear, to my God, – my daughter to my country.”
After falling back to sleep Jefferson later awoke at eight o’clock that evening and spoke his last words, “Is it the fourth yet?”. His doctor replied, “It soon will be”.
On July 4, at ten minutes before one o’clock in the afternoon, Jefferson died at the age of 83….
Several weeks before his death, John Adams issued the following statement:
My best wishes, in the joys, and festivities, and the solemn services of that day on which will be completed the fiftieth year from its birth, of the independence of the United States: a memorable epoch in the annals of the human race, destined in future history to form the brightest or the blackest page, according to the use or the abuse of those political institutions by which they shall, in time to come, be shaped by the human mind.
On this 238th Anniversary, I think no Patriot will disagree with me when I say that the page has gone from very bright to the blackest of black.
-Over at Protein Wisdom, Sdferr expresses sentiments that I think many of us share:
We’re accustomed to wish happiness to our fellows on Independence Day — have done since our birth and became sensible of the intention of those good wishes, with recognition of our blessings lived and hopes for blessings to come.
But truly, today?
Have a Rueful Independence Day friends, have some sorrow in the face of the pitiful state to which the meaning of that Independence has fallen. Doesn’t mean we should quit hoping — just that our hopes oughtn’t be veiled in ignorance or disregard of the mighty barriers we have yet to overcome. Throwing down those barriers is overcoming ignorance, both our own, and with our help, the ignorance of our fellow citizens.
Whatever victories we achieve in the War to restore our Freedom and Liberties, what ever Triumphs we well-deserve to celebrate, will be for naught if we do not restore Virtue to it’s proper levels within our own Souls by the vanquishing of the Leftist Way Of Thinking that pervades them all in this day and age, and has fueled The Present Crisis.
-Sdferr made his remarks in the Comments section of a celebratory post by Darleen Click that is a needed uplift in these blackened and sour times [check out Mark Steyn's post on the history of America The Beautiful here].
-Also from the same post, Drumwaster takes-on and destroys the case being made these days by the Left In America that The Declaration does not mean what it says it means because of — get this — a mark of punctuation:
This is purest BS… whether or not there is a period, a comma, a semicolon or a musical notation, the meaning remains the same. “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. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,….”
Jefferson meant to provide a few obvious examples: “that among these are…” The clear meaning is the same as the modern legalese “including but not limited to”, and it matter not how the listed examples end, because the next clause begins with a dash and a capital letter, intending to show a beginning of a new sentence and a thought: “That to secure these rights…”, etc.
But by all means, let’s do everything we can to limit the rights of the individual and empower the government.
The sad thing is, of course, there are enough Americans so utterly ignorant of their own history that they are very susceptible to this Big Lie, so the Left may succeed in their dastardly effort here.
-Over at The Other McCain, Smitty takes on and Fisks Robert Redford’s effort to ‘Use Independence Day To Ride [the] Climate Hobby Horse’.
The Left In America has been using Independence Day since 1789.
Slowly over the decades, it is their Democratic-Fascist-Socialist interpretation that was won the Day, to the point where the meaning of Independence Day has been almost totally lost.
God grant us the strength to Right this Wrong and restore those Freedoms and Liberties that He gave us in His Mercy.
-Instapundit makes another correct assessment of our situation:
HOW’S THAT HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORKIN’ OUT FOR YA? (CONT’D): Is America the Greatest Nation on Earth? Fewer Americans Say Yes. “The survey finds that the share of Americans who think America is exceptional, standing above all other nations, has fallen 10 percentage points since 2011, to 28% of Americans.”
I think the answer is that it’s proceeding as planned.
-From a letter by John Adams to Abigail Adams, 03 July 1776:
My Dearest Friend,
…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 solemnized 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.
From a letter by Abigail Adams to John Adams, 14 July 1776:
My Dearest Friend,
By yesterday’s post I received two letters dated 3d and 4th of July, and though your letters never fail to give me pleasure, be the subject what it will, yet it was greatly heightened by the prospect of the future happiness and glory of our country. Nor am I a little gratified when I reflect that a person so nearly connected with me has had the honor of being a principal actor in laying a foundation for its future greatness.
May the foundation of our new Constitution be Justice, Truth, Righteousness! Like the wise man’s house, may it be founded upon these rocks, and then neither storms nor tempests will overthrow it!
I cannot but be sorry that some of the most manly sentiments in the Declaration are expunged from the printed copy. Perhaps wise reasons induced it.
I shall write you now very often. Pray inform me constantly of every important action. Every expression of tenderness is a cordial to my heart. Important as they are to the rest of the world, to me they are everything.