Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

I know, its tomorrow, but I'll be out of town.

So as of yesterday, July 2nd, we have been free for 233 years. (The Second Continental Congress approved the Resolution of Independence on July 2nd, 1776).

In the words of John Adams, in a letter to his wife Abigail:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch 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 forever more.

Though he was off by two days in the celebration, he was correct in the spirit of it. For 233 years,we have celebrated this day and the freedoms we were given.

So thank you to the founding fathers. Thank you to all veterans, past, present, & future, for making our freedoms possible.

And may we be forever free, whether a Republican or Democrat sits in the Oval Office.

May we be free, no matter what our political affiliation.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. 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. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. 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.


bluepitbull said...

Happy Independence Day, James.

James' Muse said...

Thanks, Blue. You too. And thank you for your service.

Vickie's Blog said...

I also want to wish you a Happy Independence Day, James.
And the same to you Blue, as of Time, I regret to say, he is not one of my favorite's.

bluepitbull said...

Eh, I'm not bothered by it anymore.

We move forward.

Anonymous said...

Have a great 4th!!!!!

Capt. Fogg said...

Funny, but there may be a couple fewer degrees of separation here than one might expect.

What a strange world it is.

James' Muse said...

Fogg: What do you mean? Are we related? That'd be cool.

Pamela D. Hart said...

James: You really are a dear. Bless you for the quotes from our Founding Fathers; our Constitution and for the well wishes to all. I hope your holiday is filled with family, friends and fun.

Capt. Fogg said...

I noticed you follow a blog from a bass player who lives in Brooklyn. Do you know him?

James' Muse said...

Which one are you referring to?

James' Muse said...

I think we follow two different blogs with the same title.

Oh well.

But I do follow yours, and I don't doubt that we do know some of the same people.