Today I took Matilda up the road to her first Fourth Of July Parade. ( if you’re wondering where this weeks Q & A vid is I’m postponing it to tomorrow) As we watched the floats and tried to keep cool in the heat my husband said something really amazing- “You know this is not about bar b’ que’s and picnics” Men died for this country fighting for our right to have liberty and freedom. I hope people remember that” I hope they do too. In America which I believe to be the greatest country on earth we get so lazy sometimes. So before I share more about the fourth of July let me share my letter to America and it’s based upon one of her greatest principals below-
“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.”
You are the pride of all the world. Although countries claim to hate you their people run to your borders to escape tyranny, poverty and oppression. Do you even know how beautiful you are. Your land is filled with opportunity. Not so many years ago an entire generation of people were slaves but thank God for the goodness of your people who cried out at injustice and now that same people hold the highest office in the land- The President of The United States Of America. I am so proud of you and so thankful and honored to live within your land. You do not need a government to trample on the dreams of people punishing those who work hard and giving to those who never want to work at all. No you are better than that. You fill hearts with hope. & teach them whether rich or poor your land will grant them their dreams of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
America I hope you know how thankful I am that my daughter will be raised within your shores. Although some are hoping to go back to those days so long ago under the tyranny of a government I still have hope. I understand that no matter how currupt or how confused the politician America is not about politics.
You are about your people. I believe in the people. I believe in “We The People”. I know that the hearts of those who love you so will not allow this day to be about a picnic. They will remember the lives lost, the sacrifice, the prayers, the “ONE NATION UNDER GOD” No matter how many say that is not so your history cannot be erased”
I love you America. Thank you for still allowing my child to hold fast to her dreams. That if you work hard anything is possible. And may those who wish to keep others as slaves yet again by keeping them dependent on the government and pretending to “take care” when blindly they don’t even realize the government is now again becoming a “master” May your people rise up and shout NO. We are the land of the FREE and The home of the BRAVE”
Here is a story from John McCain- Teach your children about this great country and DO NOT allow ANY politician whether Democrat or Republican to make you a slave again- You may never know how valuable our precious freedoms are until they are taken away- On the American People can let that happen- Please don’t
Here is the story and it is true:
From a speech made by Capt. John S. McCain, USN, (Ret) who represents Arizona in the U.S. Senate:
As you may know, I spent five and one half years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. In the early years of our imprisonment, the NVA kept us in solitary confinement or two or three to a cell. In 1971 the NVA moved us from these conditions of isolation into large rooms with as many as 30 to 40 men to a room. This was, as you can imagine, a wonderful change and was a direct result of the efforts of millions of Americans on behalf of a few hundred POWs 10,000 miles from home.One of the men who moved into my room was a young man named Mike Christian.Mike came from a small town near Selma, Alabama. He didn’t wear a pair of shoes until he was 13 years old.
At 17, he enlisted in the US Navy. He later earned a commission by going to Officer Training School. Then he became a Naval Flight Officer and was shot down and captured in 1967.Mike had a keen and deep appreciation of the opportunities this country-and our military-provide for people who want to work and want to succeed. As part of the change in treatment, the Vietnamese allowed some prisoners to receive packages from home. In some of these packages were handkerchiefs, scarves and other items of clothing. Mike got himself a bamboo needle. Over a period of a couple of months, he created an American flag and sewed on the inside of his shirt.
Every afternoon, before we had a bowl of soup, we would hang Mike’s shirt on the wall of the cell and say the Pledge of Allegiance. I know the Pledge of Allegiance may not seem the most important part of our day now, but I can assure you that in that stark cell it was indeed the most important and meaningful event.One day the Vietnamese searched our cell, as they did periodically, and discovered Mike’s shirt with the flag sewn inside, and removed it. That evening they returned, opened the door of the cell, and for the benefit of all us, beat Mike Christian severely for the next couple of hours. Then, they opened the door of the cell and threw him in. We cleaned him up as well as we could.The cell in which we lived had a concrete slab in the middle on which we slept. Four naked light bulbs hung in each corner of the room. As I said, we tried to clean up Mike as well as we could. After the excitement died down, I looked in the corner of the room, and sitting there beneath that dim light bulb with a piece of red cloth, another shirt and his bamboo needle, was my friend, Mike Christian.
He was sitting there with his eyes almost shut from the beating he had received, making another American flag.He was not making the flag because it made Mike Christian feel better. He was making that flag because he knew how important it was to us to be able to pledge allegiance to our flag and our country.So the next time you say the Pledge of Allegiance, you must never forget the sacrifice and courage that thousands of Americans have made to build our nation and promote freedom around the world.
You must remember our duty, our honor, and our country.”I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by aCommittee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.
Adams’s prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.
Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.
In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve asPresidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third president in a row who died on this memorable day. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only President to have been born on Independence Day.