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VOL 9 NO. 123 INDEPENDENCE DAY JULY-AUGUST 2010 off such Government, and Independence Day - A Necessary Observance toto throw provide new Guards for their fu- By Mark Alexander The Patriot Post If our nation’s Founders could visit us on this, our 234nd Independence Day, what would they make of us? What would they declare of us? A hint can be discerned in a letter from John Adams to his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776, as the Declaration of Independence had just been approved. “It ought to be commemorated,” said the man who would become our second president, “as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Day’s Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.” Americans have maintained the “Pomp and Parade” for more than two centuries now, and the “Bonfires and Illuminations” are commonplace, but how often do we recognize Independence Day as “the Day of Deliverance?” How often do we honor it with “solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty”? How often do we contemplate the cost of our freedom, “the Toil and Blood and Treasure?” Our Founders believed that independence was more than a choice; they viewed our break from royal rule as necessary. Consider the first statement of the Declaration: “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 Remembering Those Who Gave All ture 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.” In conclusion, the Founders wrote, “We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation...” Their cause, of course, was not anti-government. Rather they objected to the misgovernment of the king, saying, “He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.” Furthermore, the Americans had been patient, petitioning their British rulers for redress for over a decade. Armed hostilities had commenced on April 19, 1775, at the battles of Lexington and Concord, and the colonists faced the full power of the British Empire in their quest for American independence. One year before taking that step for nationhood, on July 5, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted the Olive Branch Petition, beseeching the British king for a peaceful resolution of the American colonies’ grievances. A day later, that same Congress resolved the “Declaration of the Causes and Necessities of Taking Up Arms.” the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a deKing George III refused to read the peace petition and ascent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they sembled his armies. On July 2, 1776, Richard Henry Lee’s should declare the causes which impel them to the sepa- proposal for a formal declaration of separation passed, and ration.” the document was ordered printed on July 4. The signatories were emphatic that separation from the The war-weary among us today might ask, was indecrown was not only an objective, but an obligation: “But pendence really necessary? when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing inTo pose the question at the outset of the Revolutionary variably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them War was to answer it. Representatives of the colonial under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, Americans realized that, in voicing this query, they already possessed proof that STD PRSRT they, not the King of England, were legitUS POSTAGE imate instruments of self-government for PAID their countrymen. How could circumOGDEN, UT stances be otherwise when the king of#115 fered no remedy for his subjects’ complaints, no guarantee their rights See page, 15 - Independence Day 888-826-3215 ww w.theveteran m

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