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Declaration of Independence approved July 4, 1776


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Declaration of Independence

 

American Minute with Bill Federer

 

The Declaration of Independence was approved JULY 4, 1776.

 

It listed abuses of King George III, age 38, such as:

 

“He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone…

 

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

 

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies…

 

To subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution…

 

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us…

 

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

 

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury…

 

For…establishing…an Arbitrary government…

 

For…altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments…

 

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

 

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny…

 

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions…”

 

33-year-old Thomas Jefferson’s original rough draft of the Declaration contained a line condemning slavery:

 

“He has waged cruel war against human nature itself…in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither…

 

suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce determining to keep open a market where MEN should be bought and sold.”

 

A few delegates objected, and as the Declaration needed to pass unanimously and time was running short with the British invading New York, the line condemning slavery was unfortunately omitted.

 

John Hancock, the 39-year-old President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration first, reportedly saying “the price on my head has just doubled.”

 

Next to sign was Secretary, Charles Thomson, age 47.

 

70-year-old Benjamin Franklin said:

 

“We must hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately.

 

The Declaration referred to God:

 

“Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God…

 

All Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…

 

Appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions…”

 

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

 

Many of the 56 signers sacrificed their prosperity for their posterity.

 

Of the Signers:

 

17 served in the military,

11 had their homes destroyed;

5 were hunted and captured; and

9 died during the war.

 

27-year-old George Walton signed, and at the Battle of Savannah was wounded and captured.

 

Signers Edward Rutledge, age 27, Thomas Heyward, Jr., age 30, and Arthur Middleton, age 34, were made prisoners at the Siege of Charleston.

 

38-year-old signer Thomas Nelson had his home used as British headquarters during the siege of Yorktown. Nelson reportedly offered five guineas to the first man to hit his house.

 

Signer Carter Braxton, age 40, lost his fortune during the war.

 

42-year-old signer Thomas McKean wrote that he was “hunted like a fox by the enemy, compelled to remove my family five times in three month.”

 

46-year-old Richard Stockton signed and was dragged from his bed at night and jailed.

 

50-year-old signer Lewis Morris had his home taken and used as a barracks.

 

50-year-old signer Abraham Clark had two sons tortured and imprisoned on the British starving ship Jersey.

 

More Americans died on British starving ships than died in battle during the Revolution.

 

53-year-old signer John Witherspoon’s son, James, was killed in the Battle of Germantown.

 

60-year-old signer Philip Livingston lost several properties to British occupation and died before the war ended.

 

63-year-old signer Francis Lewis had his wife imprisoned and treated so harshly, she died shortly after her release.

 

65-year-old signer John Hart had his home looted and had to remain in hiding, dying before the war ended.

 

41-year-old John Adams wrote of the Declaration:

 

“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 shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”

 

John Adams continued:

 

“You will think me transported with enthusiasm but I am not.

 

I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States.

 

Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means.

 

And that Posterity will triumph in that Days Transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”

 

When 54-year-old Samuel Adams signed the Declaration, he said:

 

“We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.”

 

Bill FedererThe Moral Liberal contributing editor, William J. Federer, is the bestselling author of “Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance no Longer Tolerates Religion,” and numerous other books. A frequent radio and television guest, his daily American Minute is broadcast nationally via radio, television, and Internet. Check out all of Bill’s books here.

 

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For Too Many, It’s a Very Unhappy Fourth of July


 

BY ALAN CARUBA

 

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As Americans pause to celebrate the 238th signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, it well may be one of the saddest Fourth’s in decades. The six and a half years of the Obama regime has failed to unleash the nation’s capacity to recover from the 2008 financial crisis and has left the nation saddled in debt and dependency.

 

This is not what freedom is about, nor did the Founding Fathers conceive of a President who ruled with “a pen and a phone.”

 

As The Wall Street Journal reported on January 13, “The year began with the news that “World economic freedom has reached record levels according to the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom released Tuesday by the Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. But after seven straight years of decline, the U.S. has dropped out of the top ten most economically free countries.” What this means is that “those losing freedom risk economic stagnation, high unemployment, and deteriorating social conditions.”

 

That is a description of life in America today. It is a nation in which regard for Congress and the mainstream media has plunged to new lows.

 

In February, CNSnews reported that “The debt of the U.S. government has increased $6,666 trillion since President Barack Obama took office on January 20, 2009, according to the latest numbers release by the Treasury Department.” When he was first inaugurated, the debt was $10,626,877,913.08 and as of January 31, 2014 the debt was $17,293,019,654,983.61.” Looking back in time, the total debt of the U.S. did not exceed $6,666 trillion until July 2003, meaning that the U.S. has accumulated as much debt as it did in its first 227 years.

 

As the year began, the unemployment figures cited by the government were in dispute. One influential Wall Street advisor, David John Marotta, calculated that those not working when the year began represented 37.2% of the labor force as defined by the portion of people who did not have a job, had given up looking for one, and those who had no intention of working for a living. The government calculated the unemployment rate at 6.7%.

 

Being a native-born American offered no advantage for those seeking work. The Center for Immigration Studies released a study that said that “Since the year 2000 all of the net increase in the number of working-age (16-65) people holding a job has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal)” even though native-born Americans accounted to two-thirds of the growth in the total working-age population.

 

Since 2000 more than 17 million immigrants arrived in the country, a time period in which native employment “has deteriorated significantly.” Given the wholesale invasion of illegal immigrants that is occurring, this calls for the enforcement of existing immigration laws and a secure southern border.

 

Since Obama took office, all manner of government benefit programs have been expanded. They include Medicaid, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income, public housing, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Woman, Infants Children. In the fourth quarter of 2011, the Census Bureau calculated that there were 109,592,000 who lived in a household that included people “on one or more means-tested programs.”

 

Contrast that with 86,429,000 full-time private sector workers and it means that 14,802,00 non-veteran benefit takers outnumbered those whose taxes support them by a rate of 1.7 to 1.

 

There are more Americans, 10,982,920, receiving disability benefits than the individual populations of Greece, Portugal, Tunisia, and Burundi. November 2013 was the 202nd straight month that the number of disabled workers in the United States increased.

 

We live in a welfare state in which the federal government funds 126 separate programs targeted toward low-income people, 72 of which provide either cash or in-kind benefits to individuals. The Cato Institute said that “Congress and state legislatures should consider strengthening work requirements in welfare programs, removing exemptions, and narrowing the definition of work.” Keep in mind that welfare benefits are not taxed while wages are.

 

This is not to say that people on welfare are lazy. Surveys consistently demonstrate their desire for a job. The reality in America on the Fourth of July 2014 is that jobs do not exist and the cause is Big Government and policies that thwart the creation of new businesses and add costs to those that do. In America, corporations are taxed at a rate higher than most other nations.

 

Over recent years, the U.S. government has given our taxpayer money to a long list of other nations and even to terrorist organizations such as Hamas, a Palestinian non-state entity, which annually receives $440 million. Others include Mexico which has received $662 million, Kenya which received $816 million, and Nigeria which received $816 million. Pakistan has received $2 billion and Iraq which received $1.08 billion.

 

As the Fourth of July arrives, we have learned that American veterans are dying for lack of care by the Veterans Administration, conservative groups seeking non-profit status have been targeted by the Internal Revenue Service, and Obama immigration policies have deliberately triggered a wholesale invasion by illegal aliens. We have witnessed the failures associated with the introduction of Obamacare and are learning that it is filled with taxes while destroying what was regarded as the best healthcare system in the world.

 

As of late June, Gallup polls put the disapproval of the President at 52%. Confidence in the President was only 29% while Congress received only 7%.

 

It is not a happy Fourth of July in America and far too many Americans—nearly half—still believe the President is doing a good job despite ample evidence that his “transformation” of America has harmed the nation in countless ways.

 

The Moral Lib­eral Fea­tured Writer, Alan Caruba, writes a daily post at http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.com. An author, busi­ness and sci­ence writer, he is the founder of The National Anx­i­ety Center. Copyright 2014 © Alan Caruba

 

 

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Forth of July and Christmas


“Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Saviour of the world,
your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this
day the Fourth of July? Is it not that, in the chain of
human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly
linked with the birthday of the Saviour? That it forms a
leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation?
Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first
organized the social compact on the foundation of  the
Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone
of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?”
John Quincy Adams, when he
delivered a Forth of July
speech at Newburyport
Massachusetts.

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