I am thus distant & belated; though, because my other PC which I mostly used for this site is bookmarked to bypass the message board overall page, and jump directly to the general discussion forum --- hence, I just now noticed this thread --- now reading this post for the first time (talk about jonny come lately)
Old Ducker wrote:in my opinion, the 4th has become the most meaningless holiday. What exactly are we celebrating? Oh that's right, 'murica.
Yep, most of the population forgot the values of the how's & why's to get to where we are today. It's unfortunate, that the first thought which pops into the minds of the youth in this country about the 4th of July, is --- "the constitution wasn't written for everyone" and, "what's so great about the founding government, when they were slave owners" --- which is what the media as well as today's public education imbeds into their young little heads.
A sad truth about the history of this country. And yet, the other side of the coin is never mentioned.
Yes, this country was founded with legalized slavery. However, there things to note when addressing such a topic that the Liberal Media would like to sweep under the rug, pretending as though the reality of the time somehow altered with the deliberate misinterpretation of our country's past ---
1.) Yes, slavery was legal, and there were points of measure towards ownership of people in the bill of rights --- However
, unlike what is taught by our public education system, slavery had no race or creed. There were white slaves, Asian slaves, Native American slaves, not just Black.
2.) The U.S. was not the only country with legalized slavery --- a negative blight on history as a whole, is that slavery was legal in every single already established country. It was a trade business. One which, believe it or not, was not a U.S. export trade. People were imported by ship by European slavers, then traded domestically. When slaves were traded out of the U.S. [primarily to the Caribbean]
, they were traded back to European transporters.
3.) Although it would be a century to pass before slavery was abolished in the U.S. --- it took the U.S. to ban slavery in order for it to happen world wide. As a matter of fact, it was the U.S. which strong armed Britain, by enforcing a Trade Embargo, banning all sea baring trade with the U.S. until Great Britain banned slavery in their own country.
4.) Abraham Lincoln cited the Constitution as a means of ending slavery --- Lincoln stated that the U.S. Constitution is written that all men are created equal. Insomuch, then no man should be considered another man's property, regardless of skin color.
The youth, and many middle agers, today, do not want to hear the truth. They would deny it outright with adamant disregard, because they have been condition to accept the transcript that segregates & fractures society. Whereas, the lie has become the truth.
...Reflections for the 4th of July
The Birth of a Country;
After the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776 American independence was born.
Before the American Revolution annual celebrations took place to honor the King of Great Britain's birthday, which included bonfires, speeches and processions.
Once independence was declared, Americans celebrated July 4th by holding mock funerals for King George III to illustrate the end of Great Britain's hold on America. Other activities included firing cannons, marching in parades and public readings of the Declaration of Independence. [did you know: the origin for marching in an American Parade were to honor the Men who marched into war] [many forget: the first Armies fighting for U.S. Independence were considered separatists and traitors to Britain]
Today the Fourth of July is a federally recognized holiday that represents our patriotism as a country and is typically celebrated with fireworks, parades and barbecues with friends and family.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died -- Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. -- Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army. -- Another had two sons captured. -- Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. -- Eleven were merchants. -- Nine were farmers and large plantation owners.
Men of means, well educated.
But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge and Middleton.
At the Battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson’s home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.
Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.
Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution.
These 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 firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”
They gave you and me a free and independent America.
The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War.
We didn’t fight just the British. We were British subjects at that time, and we fought our own government! --- Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn’t.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your next 4th of July holiday, and silently thank these patriots.
It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.
Remember: freedom is never free!
I hope you will support by please reminding those whom you know, are capable of absorbing these honorable facts, and re-remembering what Independence Day truly is.
It’s time we get the word out that Patriotism is NOT a sin and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics and baseball games.“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Those who don’t stand for something fall for anything.