Why We Celebrate The 4th Of July

The colonies had been in conflict with England for over a year in June of 1776. A Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia on June 7 of that year. Richard Henry Lee from Virginia offered up a resolution with these now famous words:

“Resolved: 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.”

Lee’s words spurred the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. A committee of five was appointed to draft a statement making the case for the colonies, a statement to the world of the intent and the reason behind that intent.

Members of the Committee were John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Robert R. Livingston of New York and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. Jefferson took on the task of actually drafting the document as we know it today.

The Continental Congress reconvened on July 1, 1776, and on the following day, the resolution for independence by Lee was adopted by 12 of the 13 colonies, with  New York not voting. Minor changes were made to the Jefferson document.

Work on the document continued through July 3 and into the afternoon of July 4, when the Declaration was officially adopted by the Congress. Of the 13 colonies, nine voted in favor of the Declaration, two — Pennsylvania and South Carolina — voted No, Delaware was undecided and New York again abstained.

As we all know, John Hancock, President of the Congress made his signature large enough for King George to read “without his spectacles.”

 

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

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. – Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

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.

The complete list of those who signed were:

John Hancock (president of the Continental Congress), Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry, Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery, Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott, William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris, Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark, Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross, Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean, Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton, William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn, Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton, Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, and George Walton.

Check out this link for the sobering fate of many of those who so pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor. H/T to TheOriginalG-d&Country for this source.

Those are the facts about our Declaration of Independence, the history that we as school children have learned since the creation of this great nation that we celebrate, that we love and honor so.

Usually we humans can’t adequately find words to express our own sentiments, let alone those of a nation and successive generations to come, but Jefferson and that Continental Congress did just that.

The words have stood throughout several centuries as a clarion call for freedom, for breaking free of tyranny, for men to put aside their individual causes and join together to battle for the right of every man, woman and child together to become a people united in goal and resolve.

Today as we celebrate, today as we pledge allegiance to a flag that has gone from 13 stars to 50, may we remember not only the sacrifice, but the resolve. May we honor not only the words, but the unity and deeds of our forefathers. May each of us dig deep into our hearts and work out our differences for the betterment of our nation and our children and grandchildren.

Say a prayer for America today. Rekindle hope today. Honor the past by determining the future.

Please remember that this is a post in honor of our Independence Day. No political content, no rants, so slamming the other side. Today we are just Americans, honoring our country and each other.

Thanks to asawasa for posting this on another thread. I wanted to add it here.

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271 Responses to Why We Celebrate The 4th Of July

  1. David R. Graham says:

    With the DAG telling Congressmen they have no oversight authority of him or the Executive Department of the USG where he works and the AG giving the Awan’s a walk, I am not feeling 4th of July-ish. Where is this nation y’all praise and congratulate? Who is in charge of it? The common thread I see is that, no matter who is in office, no matter who is elected, Moslems walk on anything and the Moslem Brotherhood through its endless fronts calls the shots and runs the DOJ and probably the CIA as well.

    The AG and the rest are covering up the USG’s perfidies and corruptions over the last decades and continuing. Sure, this is evident. But they are covering up more than that: they are owned, by fear and/or money, by the Ikhwan, who allies with the Iranian Ayatollahs. I think that is where the real stink is. We are being ruled — not governed, ruled — by a foreign power and in this case a distributed foreign power, impairing recognition of its presence and order of battle. But foreign and powerful unto right from the top of the USG nonetheless.

    One could wish our representatives — who work for the Ikhwan, actually, not us — declared their and our independence from this black army of evil who already rules us.

    Now there is no sea protecting us. The enemy is quartering his force in our own home. Nor am I the first to observe this fact and point to it.

    I’ll feel 4th-ish when I see our representatives produce and make stick a Declaration of Independence from the Moslem Brotherhood and everyone in the USG whom that black army owns, either by fear or by geld.

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    • Conservativeinny says:

      I know, I was a real negative Nellie last night. The news brought me way down. However……We gave 8 or maybe more years of ______{full in whatever you want to call it}, if we stick together and support POTUS, I believe we can succeed. We cannot just give up, we have to try.we and our country are worth it

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      It is my belief that we are now in the bottleneck of two intertwined and competing strategies.

      On the one hand, I believe that our side is closely observing all the chicanery, as the guilty try to abuse their sabotaged legal machinery to extricate themselves from the working parts of it.

      On the other hand, I believe that the dark side knows this, and has Nasty Plans (TM) to try to get out – some kind of ugly pseudo-uniting Allowed, Arranged, or Staged Event (TM) to try to regain power before the lid closes on their continued abuse of the system.

      I am PRAYING on this Fourth of July – trusting in Trump and this administration under God’s guidance, protection, and divine Providence – to NOT be stopped by the dark side – to FOIL their evil plans – and to set us free.

      I will NOT be disillusioned by the dark side. NEVER. We WIN. End of story.

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    • Lucille says:

      We celebrate our Day of Independence NO MATTER WHAT!

      A lot of suppositions and negativity you’ve got going there, David R. Graham. And that’s playing right into the hands of our enemies, both domestic and foreign.

      Owned by the Ikhwan? Is President Trump also owned by the Saudis? He’s met with them several times, was honored by them in Saudi Arabia, and there seems to be evidence the Saudis are participating in the wars against ISIS and other jihadis with our President’s approval. They are working with the President regarding their oil production, too. Is that proof of their ownership of him?

      Frankly, uplifting your post is not.

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    • Dennis Leonard says:

      read this and remember,

      Destiny of The Signers

      of
      The Declaration of Independence
      When the 56 Signers of The Declaration of Independence attached their signatures to that document, each knew they were committing treason against the British Crowne. If caught and captured, they risked death. But death would not be swift. It would be by hanging to the point of unconsciousness, then being revived, disemboweled, their body parts boiled in oil and their ashes scattered into the wind. Our Founding Fathers valued freedom, for themselves and their posterity, to the extent that they found this fate worth the risk. The story below tells what happened to the men who signed the Declaration of Independence.
      * * *
      What Happened to the Signers?
      This story comes from http://www.self-gov.org/liberator/

      Five signers were captured by the British and brutally tortured as traitors. Nine fought in the War for Independence and died from wounds or from hardships they suffered. Two lost their sons in the Continental Army. Another two had sons captured. At least a dozen of the fifty-six had their homes pillaged and burned.

      What kind of men were they? Twenty-five were lawyers or jurists. Eleven were merchants. Nine were farmers or large plantation owners. One was a teacher, one a musician, and one a printer. These were men of means and education, yet they signed the Declaration of Independence, knowing full well that the penalty could be death if they were captured.

      In the face of the advancing British Army, the Continental Congress fled from Philadelphia to Baltimore on December 12, 1776. It was an especially anxious time for John Hancock, the President, as his wife had just given birth to a baby girl. Due to the complications stemming from the trip to Baltimore, the child lived only a few months.

      William Ellery’s signing at the risk of his fortune proved only too realistic. In December 1776, during three days of British occupation of Newport, Rhode Island, Ellery’s house was burned, and all his property destroyed.

      Richard Stockton, a New Jersey State Supreme Court Justice, had rushed back to his estate near Princeton after signing the Declaration of Independence to find that his wife and children were living like refugees with friends. They had been betrayed by a Tory sympathizer who also revealed Stockton’s own whereabouts. British troops pulled him from his bed one night, beat him and threw him in jail where he almost starved to death. When he was finally released, he went home to find his estate had been looted, his possessions burned, and his horses stolen. Judge Stockton had been so badly treated in prison
      that his health was ruined and he died before the war’s end. His surviving family had to live the remainder of their lives off charity.

      Carter Braxton was a wealthy planter and trader. One by one his ships were captured by the British navy. He loaned a large sum of money to the American cause; it was never paid back. He was forced to sell his plantations and mortgage his other properties to pay his debts.

      Thomas McKean was so hounded by the British that he had to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Continental Congress without pay, and kept his family in hiding.

      Vandals or soldiers or both looted the properties of Clymer, Hall, Harrison, Hopkinson and Livingston. Seventeen lost everything they owned.

      Thomas Heyward, Jr., Edward Rutledge and Arthur Middleton, all of South Carolina, were captured by the British during the Charleston Campaign in 1780. They were kept in dungeons at the St. Augustine Prison until exchanged a year later.

      At the Battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr. noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the family home for his headquarters. Nelson urged General George Washington to open fire on his own home. This was done, and the home was destroyed. Nelson later died bankrupt.

      Francis Lewis also had his home and properties destroyed. The British jailed his wife for two months, and that and other hardships from the war so affected her health that she died only two years later.

      “Honest John” Hart, a New Jersey farmer, was driven from his wife’s bedside when she was near death. Their thirteen children fled for their lives. Hart’s fields and his grist mill were laid waste. For over a year he eluded capture by hiding in nearby forests. He never knew where his bed would be the next night and often slept in caves. When he finally returned home, he found that his wife had died, his children disappeared, and his farm and stock were completely
      destroyed. Hart himself died in 1779 without ever seeing any of his family again.

      Such were the stories and sacrifices typical of those who risked everything to sign the Declaration of Independence. These men were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged:

      “For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the
      protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each
      other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

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      • Cuppa Covfefe says:

        http://www.crossroad.to had a longer version of that – I quoted it on page two of this thread.
        Most people (especially those indoctrinated by the poor excuse for an education system that we have anymore) have no idea of the sacrifces made by our Founding Fathers, indeed, many gave their lives, and some even lost their families…

        I strongly doubt that today’s SJW snowflakes would even sacrifice the powdered chocolate and orange zest on their lattes were push come to shove…

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    • Exfiltration of Wealth says:

      As bad as you all purport to feel now, how much worse would it have been had HRC won?
      Let that sink in, and start celebrating…………..day’s almost over!!

      Liked by 3 people

    • Menagerie says:

      I asked for this post not to become a political rant. Take yourself off to the daily post where this is discussed and stay OFf this thread if you aren’t feeling it. WTH? You did not have to post this here.

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  2. magatrump says:

    I just read the Declaration of Independence out loud to my children. I try to do this every July 4.
    I love America so much. I am so thankful to God for all of the blessings of this inspirational awesome country. Amen.

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  3. Conservativeinny says:

    Thank you Sundance!

    I read this again even though I had attended a reading in the village near my home this morning… something which has been done for almost or maybe over 200 years in that village. Down the street is a cemetery of Revolutionary war soldiers, a sign where a tree stood used to hang spies from that war and a lot of other history. We then go in to the town hall tohave cake and punch. I love it. It makes you think and for me makes it all much more real. The younger set in the family went to the parade.

    Happy 4th of July my fellow treepers!

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  4. jimbo says:

    Indeed, today England is fighting it’s own war for independence from being a vassal state of the EU, and lo and behold what do we see, the same group of political scoundrels in the state working to betray the union jack.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. SalixVeridi says:

    Sundance….love this! Going to send it to my 3 adult ‘kids’….

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Sy_N_Tist says:

    Happy birthday, America!

    President Donal J. Trump is the best present we have ever given to this country. Thank you to all who voted.

    Liked by 8 people

  7. getfitnow says:

    FTA – A rare parchment copy of the American Declaration of Independence has been found at a British archive among the papers of an aristocrat who supported the rebels, officials have said.

    The manuscript was discovered at the West Sussex Record Office in the southern English city of Chichester by a team of researchers led by two Harvard University academics.

    Tests supported the hypothesis that it was produced in the 1780s, West Sussex County Council said earlier this week – just a few years after the declaration itself was issued in 1776.

    The document ‘is the only other contemporary manuscript copy of the Declaration of Independence on parchment apart from the signed copy at the National Archives in Washington DC,’ known as the Matlack Declaration, a council statement said earlier this week.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5917327/Rare-US-independence-declaration-UK-archive.html

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  8. wolfmoon1776 says:

    This one is funny, but a bit NSFW, especially on a Menagerie thread, so making sure it doesn’t get shown here by Twitter (we hope-https://twitter.com/dgmills914/status/1014366904155336709). Just click on the link.

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  9. corimari2013 says:

    And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free
    And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me
    And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today
    ‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
    God bless the USA

    God bless our President Trump who defends and loves the USA.

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  10. NJF says:

    I have to come back later and read what looks
    To be a fantastic post by Menagerie.

    Just want to wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day!

    Liked by 5 people

  11. Instructor says:

    Unlike past generations we are not willing to kill for our freedoms. We fight using our computers while we sit down in the comforts of our houses. Now that’s bravery. I like that. We would not last long in a real war such as we had in the past. We are to soft and cringe at the thought of hardship. I know that you wouldn’t fight for my rights and I am not willing to fight for yours. So let whoever and whatever come and threaten you, as long as they don’t bother me , well you get the idea. I’ll eat my burger and drink my cold beer and watch my 401 grow. Leave that freedom crapp for others to work out. I don’t take chances with my life or family I’ll let someone else do that. But I will take another cold beer.

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    • Fire Dog says:

      Go ahead and self-indulge … no one will help you when you need it to survive.

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      • Instructor says:

        I will drink a cold one in your honorable memory when I see them dragging you off kicking and screaming just before your are put in front of their firing squad.

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        • Fire Dog says:

          Dream on commie puker, the nation will cheer when your head is piked and displayed on an American boulevard as a visual memory of VIPER TRAITORS.

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    • I “get” the facetious tone of your post and fully grasp the messages between the lines.

      Let me assure you that there are still people willing to fight and lay down their lives to restore America’s freedoms to the state envisioned by our founders. There really are some things in life that are worse than death. And losing our beloved country to the detriment of our grandchildren is one of them.

      Some understand that just as our founders knew they would have to fight the Redcoats, the most ferocious military power in the world at that time, There are many alive today that understand we may have to fight the Fedcoats/globalists. However, those serious about this, do not post on forums about it.

      I don’t think that any of us were quite aware how corrupt our government was until we were blessed by a true leader called Donald J Trump who has exposed it all, very slowly–in his own way. But now that we have learned this, we can never unlearn it-and the status quo will NOT be allowed to stand no matter what it costs us to restore freedom and true justice to our citizenry.

      “And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none.” So it went in the days of Ezekiel, but with our new POTUS, is that still true today? I say President Donald J Trump is that man in 2018……

      Although evil flies constantly toward our President 24/7 at the speed of broadband, look at what he has done and is attempting to do……first he has exposed this evil–the masks have dropped–the evil games the Fedcoats play have been exposed. President Trump has said the things that must remain unsaid. Sheeze….the emperor has no clothes and now the entire world understands this.

      Next, he is going to attempt to fix it, however I am not at all under some disillusionment that this will be easy–Most of us in this forum are realists and understand that it may not even be possible. Look at who we are fighting: the globalists world-wide, largely represented in the U.S.by our deep-state/military industrial complex, their political arm called the Democrats/Rinos in government and their propaganda arm which consists of almost 100% of MSM.

      But….. look what the President has accomplished in two short years.

      We have 6 more years to go and if this coup is to be dispelled and our gun-less revolution is to succeed, we will know it by the end of this period.

      Our job right now is one of exercising the freedoms we have left. There is no such thing in our times as an off-year election. We must get out and fight and vote in 2018 just as we did in 2016. Then again in 2020, 2022 and 2024.

      But when and if that time comes, if need be and if I’m still alive, I’ll be teaching the youngin’s the words to ‘Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition.’

      Today is not that time.

      Happy Freedom Day, Patriots. And let this day also mean to you what it does to me. It is a day of true thanksgiving for all that we have, and will accomplish……

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  12. Dockie Blauvelt says:

    Watching that John Wayne clip made me emotional. Very much so 🙂 …. Tissues please.
    Happy Birthday America !!!!!!

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    • Dockie Blauvelt says:

      Giggles .. I guess having a new computer changed some cookies .. or whatever …
      Awaiting moderation eh 🙂
      This is *not* my first comment on this site 🙂 Happy Birthday All ❤

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  13. If someone, ANYONE, is not held responsible for the attempted (and continuing) Soft Coup against Donald Trump and the corruption, deceit and TREASON committed during the Obama Admin by multiple government entities, then we are in the death throes of our Republic. The only way to stop it, maybe, is to rise up with a massive loud roar and DEMAND JUSTICE.

    And except nothing less.

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    • Instructor says:

      Ok. You first , I’m right behind you. Way behind you.

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      • You won’t stand up and demand justice? Coward. I didn’t say anything about violence.

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        • Instructor says:

          Don’t snivel and cry, I’m still way behind you while you are bravely standing and demanding.

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          • svenwg says:

            If I am still alive when your government passes laws to disarm you, you may stand miles behind me but I am prepared to kill and if unfortunate to be killed, to protect your rights as an American and to keep the idea of government of the people, by the people, for the people alive just so that those in chains around the world know that it is possible to have a country of Free People, who are safe only because they have the power to bring any tyrant down.

            I am sad to say, that some who have the privilege of being an American Citizen, deserve not that honour as they have lost the will to spill their blood to make sure that the Tree of Liberty receives it life blood of Tyrants and Patriots, when necessary, to preserve the Freedoms that no other country on earth enjoy.

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            • Instructor says:

              Yea, and talk is so cheap. Been there , done that,got the Tshirt. After fighting for God and country sense 1971 you and the punks you hang with can’t tell me a Damm thing. You do your talking behind a computer, I do mine behind a 308 win.nude said,

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        • Instructor says:

          Horsetail No violence, really. I had no idea you could fight and win a war any other way. Now who would have ever thought. I’ll be sure to tell all my veteran buddies tonight that to win the Vietnam War and Desert storm all we had to do is just stand up and demand. Why hells bells , you should teach that at the Pentagon and warfare center. With tactics like your stand up and demand, we could end the war in Afghanistan and end the trouble at the Mexican border. Your a freaking genus.

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    • Menagerie says:

      NOT the place for this. Did you not read the post? Take comments like this to the daily political thread. I does not belong here.

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  14. tunis says:

    On this Independence Day take a look at the market concentration around our BBQ grill that the Uniparty have brought us. Something Thomas Jefferson warned about.

    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mbk8kv/these-11-companies-control-everything-about-the-fourth-of-july

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    • Instructor says:

      Yea, having a blast at my house , that’s what it’s all about. Burgers and beer, it don’t get any better than this .Adams ,Jefferson, and Washington would be proud. And tonight just to prove how brave and patriotic we are , we will lite sparklers after dark.

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      • svenwg says:

        It must really suck to be your wife or children, nuff said!

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        • Instructor says:

          You poor little sap , go back and take your nap but this time take your med like mommy said.

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          • Dennis Leonard says:

            These are real men,that gave you the right to your beer,

            Destiny of The Signers

            of
            The Declaration of Independence
            When the 56 Signers of The Declaration of Independence attached their signatures to that document, each knew they were committing treason against the British Crowne. If caught and captured, they risked death. But death would not be swift. It would be by hanging to the point of unconsciousness, then being revived, disemboweled, their body parts boiled in oil and their ashes scattered into the wind. Our Founding Fathers valued freedom, for themselves and their posterity, to the extent that they found this fate worth the risk. The story below tells what happened to the men who signed the Declaration of Independence.
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            What Happened to the Signers?
            This story comes from http://www.self-gov.org/liberator/

            Five signers were captured by the British and brutally tortured as traitors. Nine fought in the War for Independence and died from wounds or from hardships they suffered. Two lost their sons in the Continental Army. Another two had sons captured. At least a dozen of the fifty-six had their homes pillaged and burned.

            What kind of men were they? Twenty-five were lawyers or jurists. Eleven were merchants. Nine were farmers or large plantation owners. One was a teacher, one a musician, and one a printer. These were men of means and education, yet they signed the Declaration of Independence, knowing full well that the penalty could be death if they were captured.

            In the face of the advancing British Army, the Continental Congress fled from Philadelphia to Baltimore on December 12, 1776. It was an especially anxious time for John Hancock, the President, as his wife had just given birth to a baby girl. Due to the complications stemming from the trip to Baltimore, the child lived only a few months.

            William Ellery’s signing at the risk of his fortune proved only too realistic. In December 1776, during three days of British occupation of Newport, Rhode Island, Ellery’s house was burned, and all his property destroyed.

            Richard Stockton, a New Jersey State Supreme Court Justice, had rushed back to his estate near Princeton after signing the Declaration of Independence to find that his wife and children were living like refugees with friends. They had been betrayed by a Tory sympathizer who also revealed Stockton’s own whereabouts. British troops pulled him from his bed one night, beat him and threw him in jail where he almost starved to death. When he was finally released, he went home to find his estate had been looted, his possessions burned, and his horses stolen. Judge Stockton had been so badly treated in prison
            that his health was ruined and he died before the war’s end. His surviving family had to live the remainder of their lives off charity.

            Carter Braxton was a wealthy planter and trader. One by one his ships were captured by the British navy. He loaned a large sum of money to the American cause; it was never paid back. He was forced to sell his plantations and mortgage his other properties to pay his debts.

            Thomas McKean was so hounded by the British that he had to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Continental Congress without pay, and kept his family in hiding.

            Vandals or soldiers or both looted the properties of Clymer, Hall, Harrison, Hopkinson and Livingston. Seventeen lost everything they owned.

            Thomas Heyward, Jr., Edward Rutledge and Arthur Middleton, all of South Carolina, were captured by the British during the Charleston Campaign in 1780. They were kept in dungeons at the St. Augustine Prison until exchanged a year later.

            At the Battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr. noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the family home for his headquarters. Nelson urged General George Washington to open fire on his own home. This was done, and the home was destroyed. Nelson later died bankrupt.

            Francis Lewis also had his home and properties destroyed. The British jailed his wife for two months, and that and other hardships from the war so affected her health that she died only two years later.

            “Honest John” Hart, a New Jersey farmer, was driven from his wife’s bedside when she was near death. Their thirteen children fled for their lives. Hart’s fields and his grist mill were laid waste. For over a year he eluded capture by hiding in nearby forests. He never knew where his bed would be the next night and often slept in caves. When he finally returned home, he found that his wife had died, his children disappeared, and his farm and stock were completely
            destroyed. Hart himself died in 1779 without ever seeing any of his family again.

            Such were the stories and sacrifices typical of those who risked everything to sign the Declaration of Independence. These men were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged:

            “For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the
            protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each
            other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

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            • Instructor says:

              No you dip stick , I pay for my beer , no one else. I served and l protected your sorry ,ss so that you can enjoy yours. I often wish I hadn’t, but sense I did , enjoy your 4th.

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          • Menagerie says:

            You are really trying hard to get banned. Stop your attitude or you will be moderated.

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        • Instructor says:

          To svenwg. What sucks is your lack courage to have served in any capacity while those who were foolish enough to do so , did so to protect your sorry ,ss. We were lied to enough by those that sent us , then to know that we protected you and those like you is a insult. Nuff said

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          • throughthetreesdarkly says:

            Instructor; Someone at your BBQ needs to talk you down and cut off your beer. Time to sleep it off.

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            • Instructor says:

              When you start paying, I’ll start listening. We don’t start on the beer for another hour. If I’m to hard core for you then read the good house magazine.

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              • Trumpismine says:

                I pity your soul. May God forgive you.

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                • Nightstand says:

                  I pity your false patriotism that you get from a book . Wrap yourself in the American flag while you and your cronies play the game of pretend to be a patriot, all at the expense of those of us who did serve. You are a true wannabe .

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                • Nightstand says:

                  Instructor thank you for your service , pay no attention to those wannabes , enjoy your beer , you have earned it. I don’t fault you , that generation took a lot of abuse and we all were lied to. The snow flakes have no idea and will soon will melt away. When I was in as a young non-com. My first sarg. Would say ,don’t be first , don’t be last , and don’t volenteer for nothing. Good advice for a young trooper until you find out what the mission is.

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  15. Jim says:

    I will state this again and you can decide. About 35 -40 years ago I read something written by Bill Glass. He was a football player for the Cleveland Browns and when he retired he became a History Professor. He said: If you study all of the Civilizations throughout history {ie Greeks, Romans, French, etc.} No matter how big or small. When they fell from power they all fell for the same reasons and they all fell in EXACTLY the same way.

    1 They all fell from within
    2 none ever lasted much over 200 years
    3 first came a breakdown of the family unit
    4 then came loose morals, free sex, whatever else you care to call it
    5 then came civil disobedience
    6 and in every case the final straw that broke the camels back was RAMPANT HOMOSEXUALITY

    You can argue this if you want to but go study history. Where does that leave the USA?

    I fear – not for me. I’m old and will not be around to see it. But what kind of world are we leaving my Grandsons? Your Grandchildren?

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  18. getfitnow says:

    I just finished watching a wonderful little movie – A Stranger In Town (1943). Thought it appropriate to post on this thread. If you don’t have time to watch the movie, the speech given by Frank Morgan at the end says it all. Start at 1:01.

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  19. Johnny Bravo says:

    Happy 4th

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  20. Dockie Blauvelt says:

    test again .. plse ignore .. new computer .. stupid driver 🙂
    Happy Birthday All ❤

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  21. American Me says:

    June 7th…my birthday of all days. I had no idea. I don’t care much for my birthday at all really. Yet I do find it some what interesting when something historical took place on that day. It makes me wonder. It makes me pause and reflect. My curiosity gets the best of me and I can’t help but wonder and learn about events that took place on that day. With that being said…Happy Independence Day everyone! I admit that I haven’t been to church in quite a while. But I do pray. Everyday all day. I pray and give thanks when I wake up. And I pray constantly throughout the day till I fall back asleep. I don’t really pray for myself. To me it feels selfish. I pray for everyone. I pray for people I’ve met and I pray for people I’ve never met. I pray for all of us. I pray for our country most of all. I’m so glad I found ya’ll. Happy Independence Day and God Bless each and everyone one of you

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  22. we300 says:

    Proud to be an American again, thanks to President Trump, Q, Qplus, and all the brave men and women who, like the founders, have risked their treasure and sacred honor to save our republic from the brink of disaster. Happy Fourth of July, Treehouse Patriots! Where we go one, we go all. And enjoy this version of the Star Spangled Banner LOUD and PROUD

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  23. Liz says:

    Well I had a rant however I will hold it with the suggestion of Sundance to honor America and American’s today. Thank you Sundance and Thank you to the military and those defending this great nation.

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  24. Marica says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!! May GOD Bless our USA! May God Bless Or POTUS, SD and all Treepers and families!!!

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Thank you Ad Rem. That one was just durn funny, excellent Fourth-of-July funny.
      Still missing your cartoons and funnys you used to post, so long ago.
      (click on the Fakebook “f” in the box top upper right, to see the cartoon. is worth it)
      Happy Fourth!

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  25. Lucille says:

    Historical revisionism: who was the elitist and who was the man of the people…

    Hamilton vs. Jefferson
    By Elise Cooper – July 4, 2018
    The Fourth of July celebrates America’s freedom from England. The delegates from the thirteen colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, the document written by Thomas Jefferson that gave America its moral pulse.
    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/07/hamilton_vs_jefferson.html

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  26. Donna in Oregon says:

    Americans were right to get out from under the Royals and the English system. Look at Charles the future King of England. Shutter….yikes! Theresa May is probably busy legislating only dull knives are legal now and Tommy Robinson is doomed.

    My greatest hope is that America is just a few steps away from martial law. Our civilian leaders are corrupt criminals. They work for the Globalists not the American people.

    Washington DC civilian law enforcement agencies have been weaponized against the American people and our wealth has been exported with their assistance. Our military forces and foreign embassy personnel have died and been in harms way with these secret sharing, private server, Pakistani IT thieves and liars. We have our own modern-day Benedict Arnold’s. They should be hung.

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  27. dogsmaw says:

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  28. lastinillinois says:

    Happy 4th fellow Deplorables.

    Best 4th in quite a few years for us here, hope all my fellow Treepers 4th was special as well.

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  29. Fireworks to Beethoven’s 9th – Our Ode to Joy because Donald Trump is President!

    This expresses the absolute joy I feel whenever I remember – a thousand times a day – that Donald Trump is the president of the United States.

    The anti-Trumpers are really starting to downarrow the Trump Nessun Dorma music video today, so thanks to all those here who uparrowed it.

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  30. WSB says:

    Paragraph III…

    “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. – ”

    Are we there yet? Again?

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  31. jayfindling says:

    Great story. Thank you

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  32. Menagerie, I know that the Founding Fathers were far from perfect. Having said that, what are your thoughts regarding the claim that we are created equal, however, having some politicians advocate policies that are discriminatory?

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    • Menagerie says:

      I think what politicians advocate for has little to do with our creation, and usually nothing to do with justice either.

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      • Good point. Political and religious bias aside, what are your views regarding the claim that we have an inalienable right to liberty, however, that did not seem to be applicable to choosing who we can marry without the blessing of the government? What are your views regarding the issue of marriage?

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        • Menagerie says:

          I believe the government has no place being involved in marriage at all.

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          • I know that it is not worth arguing about, however, should the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that bans on same-sex marriage are Unconstitutional be upheld? Did they overstep their authority in this regard?

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            • Menagerie says:

              Where are you going with your line of questioning? This thread celebrates an American holiday that you may observe, or not, out of patriotism you are free to celebrate, or not.

              I generally don’t allow off topic conversations on my posts. I’m not going to get in one myself.

              If you have read many of my posts I’m sure you have figured out what my views are. They have no bearing on this post, and I have no need to elaborate or defend them here.

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              • In the Declaration Of Independence, there is talk about how we are all endowed with certain unalienable rights, such as that to life (explain this to the abortion on demand crowd,) liberty (encompassing the liberty to decide who we should be free to marry,) the pursuit of happiness (deciding to pursue what makes us happy.) Factoring all 3 issues into the marriage debate, even if the relationship is not condoned by society (not that the blessing of society is warranted,) this should negate the pissing contest over the issue of marriage.

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                • Menagerie says:

                  For the last time, this post has nothing to do with the argument you are trying to pick, and why the hell you are doing that on this post, I haven’t a clue.

                  Fine, you’ve made your opinion clear on a random post on a little corner of the internet.

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