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The Fourth of July

The Fourth of July

http://wilstar.com/holidays/july4.htm

(The 2 paragraphs below were taken from this link)

The history of the United States of America began long before the Colonists declared their independence. The Magna Carta, written in 1215 in order to try to convince King John of England to give the people certain rights, is generally considered to be the touchstone of liberty, upon which later documents are based.

The site will take you to America's Historic Documents. These are the pieces of history upon which our nation was founded, and within which our current liberty is rooted. All the documents are complete and unabridged, including George Washington's Farewell Address.

Please go to the link given above to access these documents.
The Magna Carta
• The Mayflower Compact
• Declaration of Independence
• The Constitution of the United States
• George Washington's Farewell Address
• The Star Spangled Banner (complete lyrics)
• The Gettysburg Address
• The Emancipation Proclamation
• Pledge of Allegiance and Flag-Flying Guidelines
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You will absolutely love this song. Don’t dare miss it!
Elena

A child's rendition of the Star Spangled Banner [626K, WAV] (full text of the song)
http://www.usacitylink.com/usa/sounds/ssb.wav

This link was taken from the following site.
“Happy Birthday America”
http://www.usacitylink.com/usa/
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God Bless America

"America was founded not as a democracy but as a constitutional Republic."

We pledge allegiance to the Republic for which our flag stands, not to a democracy. The constitution requires a 'republican form of government' for all states, but does not mention democracy, and neither does the Declaration of Independence or the Bill of Rights.

The Constitution is a binding contract, specifically enumerating limited powers which the federal government can legally exercise, and prohibiting the federal government from exercising any powers not granted in the contract. It denies federal officials the power to do whatever they claim to be necessary for the general welfare.

Federal action not clearly authorized by the Constitution is illegal even if approved by an overwhelming majority of the people, because all the elastic powers of government are left with the states.

History records that as Benjamin Franklin left the State House in Philadelphia on the closing day of the Constitutional Convention, a woman asked him what kind of government the statesmen had given America. Franklin replied; "A republic, Madame, if you can keep it."

Franklin saw through the mists of time to the day when Americans might trade their freedom in a Constitutional Republic for the promise of government - guaranteed equality and security in a democracy - and beyond that, to the day when democracy inevitably degenerates into dictatorship, guaranteeing nothing but poverty and serfdom for the people it robs and rules.

“When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen.” - General George Washington, New York Legislature, 1775

“Our militia will be heroes, if we have heroes to lead them.” - Thomas Jefferson, 1775

"Statesmen...may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which Freedom can securely stand." - John Adams, 1776

"A constitution is not the act of a government, but of a people constituting a government; and government without a constitution is power without a right. All power exercised over a nation, must have some beginning. It must be either delegated, or assumed. There are not other sources, all delegated power is trust, and all assumed power is usurpation. Time does not alter the nature and quality of either." - Thomas Paine, 1777
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America the Beautiful
Katharine Lee Bates ~ 1893.

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife.
Who more than self the country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for halcyon skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the enameled plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till souls wax fair as earth and air
And music-hearted sea!

O beautiful for pilgrims feet,
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America ! America !
God shed his grace on thee
Till paths be wrought through
wilds of thought
By pilgrim foot and knee!

O beautiful for glory-tale
Of liberating strife
When once and twice,
for man's avail
Men lavished precious life !
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till selfish gain no longer stain
The banner of the free!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till nobler men keep once again
Thy whiter jubilee!
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~July 4, 1777~Article in The Virginia Gazette

~July 4, 1777~

The celebration in the city of Philadelphia on July 4, 1777, as described in an article in The Virginia Gazette.


Yesterday being the Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, was celebrated in this city with demonstration of joy and festivity. About noon, all the armed ships and gallies in the river were drawn up before the city, dressed in the gayest manner, with the colours of the United States and streamers displayed. At one o'clock, the yards being properly manned, they began the celebration of the day by a discharge of thirteen cannon from each of the ships, and one from each of the thirteen gallies, in honour of the Thirteen United States. In the afternoon an elegant dinner was prepared for Congress, to which were invited the President and Supreme Executive Council, and Speaker of the Assembly of this State, the General Officers and Colonels of the Army, and strangers of eminence, and the members of the several Continental Boards in town. The Hessian band of music taken in Trenton the 26th of December last, attended and heightened the festivity with some fine performances suited to the joyous occasion, while a corps of British deserters, taken into the service of the continent by the State of Georgia, being drawn up before the door, filled up the intervals with feux de joie. After dinner, a number of toasts were drunk, all breaking independence and a generous love of liberty and commemorating the memories of those brave and worthy patriots who gallantly exposed their lives, and fell gloriously in defense of freedom and the righteous cause of their country. Towards evening several troops of horse, a corps of artillery, and a brigade of North Carolina forces, which was in town on its way to join the grand army, were drawn up in Second Street and reviewed by Congress and the General Officers. The evening was closed by a ringing of bells, and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks, which began and concluded with thirteen rockets on the commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated. Thus may the 4th of July, that glorious and ever memorable day, be celebrated through America, by the sons of freedom, from age to age, till time shall be no more. Amen.
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From "Festival for the Fourth" ~July 8, 1776~

~July 8, 1776~

Upon the occasion of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776, the "...town exploded with the news. Bonfires were burning, church bells were ringing, and people were cheering all over town. Samuel Adams, architect of the revolution, was celebrating inside himself. He walked back to his boarding house and took up a bundle of letters he had received from friends and patriots down the years. These were letters which might hang those friends now, if they ever fell into the hands of the British. He spent a long time...snipping those letters into tiny bits. He opened his second-story window, so that he could look down on the chaos in the street below, and...let those little bits of paper fly by the handsful down on the celebration---confetti for a new nation. Then, quite tired and quite satisfied, Sam Adams closed the window and went to sleep."

-- From "Festival for the Fourth" - a Bicentennial Sunday, July 4, 1976; Charles Kuralt and Douglas Edwards, narrators
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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
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.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 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!

PATRIOTISM is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games.
God's Warrior

The Nation's Birth Certificate
Joseph Farah notes Declaration is not 'a computer-generated abbreviation'
http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/the-nations-birth-certificate/

Wednesday Americans will celebrate the birth of this nation.
We know where that birth took place – Philadelphia.
We know who the parents were – we call them our “Founding Fathers.”
We know there were many witnesses and lots of documentation.
We know the building in which this birth took place – Independence Hall. It’s still there, a celebrated historical marker for visitors over the last 236 years.
We know how much pain and sacrifice was involved with the birth of the nation and its aftermath.
We know all this with certainty, in part, because there is a birth certificate for the nation drafted July 4, 1776, that has been well-preserved and observed ever since. That birth certificate, of course, is known as the Declaration of Independence.
By the way, that document is not a computer-generated abbreviation. All the copies of the Declaration of Independence I have ever seen have been actual facsimiles. No one would expect a historically significant document to be chopped up, with names of key players removed, signatures excised and key details omitted.
Neither is there any question about its authenticity. It has never been hidden from public view. You can view the actual document in the National Archives – not a computer image on the White House website.
One thing you won’t find in the National Archives, though I think you should, is a copy of the birth certificate of the man claiming to be the first black president – Barack Hussein Obama.
Don’t you think that’s strange?
Don’t you think there’s a place for it in the National Archives, especially given the history of this nation and its conflicts over race and slavery?
Don’t you think it would be great if all Americans could go view the actual birth certificate of Barack Hussein Obama just like tens of thousands will be viewing the nation’s birth certificate in Washington this week?
If not the National Archives, wouldn’t you expect the hospital in which this historic birth took place to be proudly displaying whatever historical evidence it might have for the birth?
Am I stretching a point?
I don’t think so.
I believe documents are important.
They are important for two reasons – to establish facts and for historical purposes.
If documents weren’t important, the government wouldn’t collect them.
If documents weren’t important, government wouldn’t demand that we produce them to prove who we are and that we are who we say we are.
If documents aren’t important, why, then, are tens of thousands of people visiting the National Archives this week to get a glimpse of the venerated Declaration of Independence – America’s birth certificate?
If documents aren’t important, why do we spend millions of dollars a year preserving them in the National Archives?
If documents aren’t important, why do we spend millions of dollars a year ensuring that they can be inspected by the public?
On the other hand, Barack Hussein Obama has spent millions concealing documents about his life – from birth certificates and school records to health and travel records.
Do you get where I’m going here?
As we prepare for Independence Day, the nation’s birthday, a day marked by fireworks, flags, patriotic speeches, parades and reflections about a document that gives it all legitimacy and purpose, I can’t help contrast our past traditions with our present attitudes.
We obviously have a different attitude about historical documents today than we once did.
We obviously have a different attitude about the meaning and gravity of the Constitution and what it says about the eligibility of presidents.
Why all the secrecy?
I can only imagine some are afraid of what they might find.
Barack Obama himself said it best: “The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.”
Think about that, this week, as you wave your flags, enjoy your fireworks, listen to speeches and revel in principles and ideals that have made America great since its birthday – since that birth certificate was signed by all those brave men who risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor on the dream that we could govern ourselves under the rule of law.
Thank goodness America has a birth certificate – one the whole nation, including generations to come, can read and view and study and admire. It gives a legitimacy to our history and to who we are today. It leaves no doubt about from where we come.
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