Today is a glorious day in American history because we celebrate the birth of our country as in independent nation. However, our independence was actually declared on July 2nd when the colonies voted unanimously for independence. July 4th was when the Declaration of Independence was accepted by the Continental Congress.
John Adams would say “The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. 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 shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”
Through my travels around this great country I have seen many a 4th of July celebration and John Adams prediction rings true (except for the date of course). My concern is that so many people have forgotten that this day is more than games, shows, parades and fireworks. It is a day of reflection on what our forefathers did to secure liberty and freedom and how we seem to be giving it away inch by inch. I was reminded of this when I read an article on the Fair Tax website this morning titled “Would Thomas Jefferson Think We Are Free?”:
On April 13, just after dinner, there is a knock on your door. When you open the door, you see a tall slender man with red hair. He introduces himself as Thomas Jefferson. You don’t automatically slam the door and call the police but, almost against your will, you invite him in your home. Somehow you accept that this man is not an escapee from an asylum but that he really is Thomas Jefferson.
Jefferson is curious about everything and has a number of questions for you. He marvels at all the new technology in your home. He insists on a lengthy explanation and demonstration of all the appliances and machines in your home. Amazed at how quickly he understands the new technologies, you suddenly remember the statement made by President John Kennedy when he hosted a gathering of Nobel Prize winners at the White House. President Kennedy said, “This is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” Continue here…