Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

A cross-post from Back to the Basics!

Taken from :  "Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues."

It's not all about barbecues and fireworks! It's about Freedom and Independence, something many people take for granted.
The History Channel has a few great videos which we have found very informative.  Even Netflix has a PBS series that's worth watching called Liberty.

A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.   ~Thomas Jefferson 

A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.   ~Thomas Jefferson

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.  ~George Washington 

Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.    
~George Washington 
Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.   ~John Adams 

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.   
~John Adams 

Have a Happy and Safe INDEPENDENCE Day!

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