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Created Equal

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Here is something that is interesting.  In many ways the country The United States of America was created by it’s Constitution and yet we consider our “birthday” the day that we publicly declared our independence, over a decade before the Constitution was created and many years before that independence was won militarily.   (Regarding my wording – Independence was declared on the 2nd of July, but they spent two day nitpicking the wording of the document and such.  On the 2nd, John Adams wrote Abigail that the 2nd of July, the day independence was declared, would be a huge national holiday.)

A lot has been said about this document, but these days we often focus on this: “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.” Continue reading

Happy Independence Day!

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It’s the 4th of July, the day us Americans celebrate our independence.  On this day 240 years ago the Continental Congress declared independence.  Before that that they had been sending demands, pretty much that they wanted to be treated as equals to the people in the homeland and have seats in Parliament and all, (they didn’t care for Funkedelic… oops, sorry, that was 1976 when Parliament/Funkedelic were a thing), so it was a huge step to say, “No, we don’t want to stay with you as equals, we want to go it alone, thank you.”  Of course the British had a lot to say about it and war continued for quite a few years, only ending over half a dozen years later on September 3, 1783.  And then the country started it’s true life with the Articles of Confederation, which made us like 13 countries, before the Constitution was ratified over a decade after Independence was declared, created in 1787 and ratified on June 21, 1788.  In some ways the country we know and love today was created with the Constitution, but it is that first, “we want to be free!” that we celebrate because at that time we first started thinking of ourselves as a separate country and calling ourselves a separate country – that is when that country come into being.

After all of that rambling, I just want to say Happy 4th of July!

On a side note, I missed my typical Sunday “Weekly Smile” reminder.  Well, I have a huge smile about declaring our independence, so I guess this can count, a day late.

What made you smile this week?

If you haven’t seen it, here is a little background to The Weekly Smile as well as some quick guidelines.

So, what made you smile this week? Write about it and post on the link-up. While you’re there, read what everyone else is smiling about! And come back to it later, if last week is any indication new smiles will be added daily!

Declaration

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(* see Note at bottom) Yesterday I made a decision to take a short break.  It was kind of forced on me because i didn’t have time for a new post.  I’ll be back on Monday July 7.  For now, just enjoy this (words by Thomas Jefferson):

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, Continue reading