Thursday, July 03, 2008

Happy 232nd Birthday U.S.A./ Happy Fourth Of July

This precious signed Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain is like the "birth certificate" of the United States of America. A REMARKABLE IRONY IN AMERICAN HISTORY IS THE FACT THAT BOTH THOMAS JEFFERSON AND JOHN ADAMS DIED ON JULY 4, 1826 FIFTY YEARS TO THE DAY AFTER SIGNING THE DECLARATION. On July 4, 1776 our Founding Fathers signed their names declaring the 13 colonies now were 13 United States of America independent from Great Britain. These leaders put their lives and the future of America on the line by signing and adopting this revolutionary document of indictment against the Kingdom of Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson, the greatest genius among the Founding Fathers, spent many days and nights writing drafts of the Declaration of Independence before he was satisfied it was ready to be presented to the Congress to be adopted and signed. The indictment against the King of England may look like a simple list of grievances, but it contains a virtual roadmap of the requirements for good government. The abridgement of government by consent, the continual frustration or abolition of the colonial executive, legislative, and judicial powers, the establishment of a military power superior to the civilian, and the continual revision or annihilation of many of the colonists' consensual attempts to regulate their affairs an ocean away-these were not simply the complaints of an annoyed populace sick of paying taxes. The indictments of the King were meant as a petition to a "candid world," an appeal to reasonable people everywhere and meant as a justification for that most extreme but often most necessary of acts: the right of revolution.


Anonymous said...

Nice touch...nice tribute and reminder of why we celebrate Independence Day...July 4th. Good to see you back online and hope you are much better.

Jules in New Orleans

Southern Lady said...

Jon, thank you so much for your gracious comment about my 4th of July post and for adding me to your "favorites" on your blogroll. I have long been an admirer of your elegant Mississippi Garden, and I'm so glad to see you're posting again.

You are a very talented photographer as well as a writer and master gardener.