July 4, 2016

"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."


David Begley said...

And lose that war and all of those charming signers get strung up for treason.

Gahrie said...

Now that's poetry.......

Gahrie said...

And lose that war and all of those charming signers get strung up for treason.

They were all fully aware of that..in fact that's why John Hancock signed the way he did..to be sure the British would know who he was. In reality, all of the men who signed were already known to the Crown, and I believe Hancock and a couple of others were already under a sentence of death.

Bob Ellison said...

Everyone should watch 1776 today.

gspencer said...

It's beyond time for Amexit,

from the UN.

Birkel said...

That is the sort of poetry Justice Kennedy wishes he could write. It moved men to action and increased their determination. We are all better off. Thank Providence.

Homework Assignment:
Imagine the modern MSM reporting on the events of 1776.

tim in vermont said...

Well, the modern media, which largely comprises rump swabs for the powerful, would certainly be on the side of King George.

boycat said...

Justice Kennedy would be heading for Canada.

LuAnn Zieman said...

I put together yesterday's Independence Day service for my church. After the Scripture readings, men of the congregation did some additional readings, including those very closing words of the Declaration of Independence, in which the colonists declared themselves to be be free and independent states. Right now. That day. Additional readings went on to explain that on the third day after Jesus' death, there was an independence day like no other. We have been declared forgiven and free. The service ended with the congregational hymn "Before the Lord We Bow." The 2nd verse: The nation you have blessed may well your love declare,/From foes and fears at rest, protected by your care./For this fair land, for this bright day/ Our thanks we pay--gifts of your hand.

tim in vermont said...

Democrats would be bombing recruiting stations for the Continental Army, just as they would be recruiting stations for Union Armies in the fight against slavery.

rhhardin said...

With the internet comes oddball ham contests, it being simple to organize and seems to give hams a goal, one ongoing being work special stations in all thirteen original colonies.

It also gives you a way to test your antenna and 5 watts against pileups.

My log for all 13 plus the lead station

$ glog.sh colony
283:Fri Jul 1 12:17:53 EDT 2016 k2j 599 nc 599 oh 13 colony
284:Fri Jul 1 12:52:49 EDT 2016 k2f 599 md 599 oh 13 colony
285:Fri Jul 1 12:55:17 EDT 2016 k2d 599 ct 599 oh 13 colony
286:Fri Jul 1 12:57:36 EDT 2016 k2i 599 nj 599 oh 13 colony
287:Fri Jul 1 13:02:19 EDT 2016 k2h 579 ma 599 oh 13 colony
289:Fri Jul 1 18:07:50 EDT 2016 k2m 599 pa 599 oh 13 colony
290:Sat Jul 2 10:43:19 EDT 2016 k2l 599 sc 599 oh 13 colony
292:Sat Jul 2 11:58:37 EDT 2016 k2g 599 ga 559 oh 13 colony
294:Sat Jul 2 19:40:46 EDT 2016 k2c 599 ri 599 oh 13 colony
296:Sat Jul 2 22:56:57 EDT 2016 k2k/qrp 599 nh 599 oh 13 colony
298:Sun Jul 3 19:17:16 EDT 2016 k2e 599 de 599 oh 13 colony
299:Sun Jul 3 20:13:39 EDT 2016 k2b 599 va 599 oh 13 colony
300:Sun Jul 3 20:57:00 EDT 2016 k2a 599 ny 599 oh 13 colony
301:Mon Jul 4 07:05:31 EDT 2016 wm3pen 599 pa 599 oh 13 colony independence hall station

That's as meaningful as it gets. I also worked Ecuador this morning, all on 40m, the only band the antenna is seriously suitable for.

It all works better after a rain, which cleans the insulators on the 19kv power lines around here.

The Drill SGT said...

"we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."

more toxic masculinity.

I could see these lads singing "Hine Ma Tov" as they sign...

Gahrie said...

Imagine the modern MSM reporting on the events of 1776.

Look at the way the MSM handled the modern Tea Party movement, which was similar in intent, if not action, to the Sons of Liberty.

By the way, remember how the war actually started...it was an attempt to confiscate weapons and ammunition from the people by the government. (There was a colonial armory at Concord)

Matt said...

Everyone should watch 1776 today.
I've been posting 1776 vids at my blog (same as my comment name here) all weekend long. Finishing up today with Momma Look Sharp, Molasses to Rum, Is Anybody There and the signing.

I also tweeted the entire Declaration last night, if anybody cares, or knows young people who like that Twitter machine. @twolcom

rehajm said...

Texas has a draft of something similar ready to go

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

Every year I read it to my kids on Independence Day and we talk about how very, very brave those men were.

Our plans today include a minor league baseball game and the associated fireworks show, and of course the aforementioned reading.

Everyone out there in Althousia, enjoy your freedom today.

The Drill SGT said...

TwilightofLiberty.com said...
Everyone should watch 1776 today.

Or "The Patriot" to get a sense of how totally unpleasant a civil war can be...

"We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately."
- B Franklin at the signing

rhhardin said...

how very, very brave those men were

It's not untypical of men. That doesn't sell with today's narrative, is all.

Unknown said...

"....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 to 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."

It is the right of the people...

Happy 4th of July Brexiters. It's Independence Day.

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Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

...our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Indeed they did. Thank you very much!

Bart Hall (Kansas, USA) said...

It was 240 years ago that my 5G grandfather, Benjamin Harrison, signed the Declaration of Independence, largely written by my first cousin, Thomas Jefferson, (removed several generations, quite obviously). Another cousin gave its first public reading (to a mere handful of people) in Philadelphia, following its adoption late in the steamy afternoon of 02 July 1776.

Our focus on the Fourth of July arises largely because that is the day the local printer, John Dunlap, released thousands of copies, to be distributed across the colonies, now become states.

America is the first -- and only -- nation in human history to have been founded upon an *idea*: that our human rights are God-given, that we as individuals have liberty to enjoy those rights, and that the *only* acceptable role for government is to protect and to promote those rights.

If you understand and embrace that principle ... you are an American. If you do not -- and that applies to depressingly many people born within our boundaries -- you are NOT an American, except by accident of birth.

I will make common cause with the Nigerian, the Jamaican, the Mexican, or the Russian who "gets" that. And if necessary I shall shed my very last drop of blood in opposition to those who would undermine and attempt to destroy this exceptional and unique nation.
Whether you were born here, or not.

Etienne said...

Not a woman, homosexual, or she-male among them. That we know...

Who would form a new country only to allow sexual perverts to flourish?

CWJ said...

"Life, liberty, and the pufuit of happineff"

traditionalguy said...
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traditionalguy said...

The British Aristocracy that once ignored them, after fighting the latest War with France and their Indians for land and power, and after using the Colonials for supply and militia troops, suddenly would not let them play anymore, and instead sent over an Army and Navy to kill them and steal their land like they did the French King's land. It was all about their land claims for the King and his favorites to redistribute them as favors to key Aristocrats in England, a la Wm Penn's deal.

With a Divine Right King like that, the Colonials did not need enemies. Common Sense prevailed.

Thus started the Great Presbyterian Revolt of 1775. A truce came following defeat of the British Army at Yorktown in 1781 that the British extended while England fought Napoleon to the death, there was a resumption of full hostilities in 1813 that ended in total victory over the Bloody British invasion force on January 8, 1815.

Today another Presbyterian named Trump has a common sense movement to kick out the Globalist Aristocrats.

mockturtle said...

I see the NYT is calling into question the true motives of our War of Independence. My daughter just sent me the link to this Op-Ed piece: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/04/opinion/did-a-fear-of-slave-revolts-drive-american-independence.html

rhhardin said...

how very, very brave those men were

It's not untypical of men. That doesn't sell with today's narrative, is all.

Klavan (podcast Dec 3, 2015) mentions that the reason that romantic comedies are interesting, if they're interesting to you, is that the guy and the woman have a spat and the future of the world depends on whether they get back together.

Similarly for action pictures, if they're interesting to you, it's about the future of the world through whether men continue to be brave.

Female action movies don't have that; not that there are no brave women, but nothing depends on it.

The narratives are whether women will continue to be loving and men will continue to be brave, and that makes them about the future of the world.

Gay pictures don't have that, not that you can't have a human interest story; but they're not classics.

The elite narrative is exactly opposite, which is how it has to be imposed and how it never works.