Category: Declaration of Independence

Independence… An Illusion?

independence day celebration july 4 1776 AmericaI bring you Independence Day greetings, intentionally a day late. I hope that your celebration yesterday was everything you hoped it would be!

I say intentional because I didn’t want to spoil yesterday’s festivities with the rant you are about to endure.

For over two hundred years we have celebrated the day that the Second Continental Congress finally agreed to tell King George that enough was enough, and that we (the 13 British colonies in North America) were ready to form an independent government and discontinue the disproportionate transfer of resources back to the motherland.

This came from men who were themselves fiercely independent. They could not have imagined running their businesses, their homes, their very lives under the direction and scrutiny of anyone other …


President Obama, Day #…..

july2009Ah, who cares?

As disappointed as I was about the outcome of the last general election, I thought I’d take a few months off from writing and spend it observing this new global (dare I say, Intergalactic?) phenomenon that is our new President.  Today is July 6, and I fear that he is almost exactly what I thought he would be last summer, that is to say, pathetic.

Having said this, I have to confess that the reason I took some time from writing was that I wanted to be objective in my assessment of this man (as opposed to self-styled Deity).  So many conservatives have been lambasted precisely because they wouldn’t give President Obama a chance.  Not that he needed one, but we DO …


How Independent Are We?

declaration-of-independenceTwo hundred and thirty-three years ago, the men of the Second Continental Congress made a bold gesture as they sought to uncleave themselves from their ties with Great Britain.  A gesture intended to convey that they were serious about the war that was already raging on the American Continent.  A gesture intended to tell the world, and perhaps garner the support of other countries, that the American Colonies could not and would not continue to live under the yolk of a tyrannical King and Parliament.

A gesture that could cost them all, and indeed did cost some, their lives and their properties.

The Declaration of Independence was written primarily to formalize the decision to separate the colonies from British rule.  It also sought to communicate …


The United States Starts Year 233

This is going to be a great day! I liked Sister Toldjah’s emphatic “What a great day it is to be an American!”. I woke up with a sense of anticipation at what the next year in our nation’s history will be like. What kinds of decisions will we make? How will we improve our standing among other nations? How will we make the lives of people in our country more secure, more joyful, more free?

In years past, we have had a quiz in the local newspaper about the history around this day… it did not show up today. Perhaps it will tomorrow.

They did reprint the Declaration of Independence. I hope people are reading it today and recalling why we formed …