Happy Independence Day

John Adams in a letter to his wife Abigail:

The second day of July, 1776 (the day Congress approved the Declaration of Independence), will be the most memorable epoch 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.

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 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 worth more than all the means; that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even though we may regret it, which I trust in God we shall not.

Of course Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826 – the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration.

8 comments

  1. Southerner says:

    Lately — actually for more than a decade, but now more than ever — I am reminded of an outburst by Mr. Adams that is apt even now, 231 years after the fact: “By God I have had this Congress!!”

    Let us renew ourselves as Citizens of thes United States on this day, and work hard to ensure that this government of, by and for the people shall not perish from the earth. It could, you know, if we don’t defend it, from within as well as without. Mr. Cheney, I’m talkin’ to YOU.

  2. Donkey Kong says:

    Southerner, I find it funny that some Dems are talking about impeaching Bush, because who would they get as President? Probably the only R who they hate more than Bush, VP Cheney. God help us all if that happens.

  3. So you thought Sam Adams was a beer and Mary Goose was Mother Goose? a demican braved two feet of snow and six degree below weather to bring you this history lesson, shortly after the discovery of the cell phone camera:

    http://flickr.com/photos/georgiaimproper

    Rock-A-Bye Baby
    Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme, 1833

    Rock-a-bye, baby, your cradle is green,
    Father’s a nobleman, mother’s a queen;
    And Betty’s a lady, and wears a gold ring,
    And Johnny’s a drummer, and drums for the king.

    -the more things change, the more things stay the same…

  4. Skeptical says:

    Donkey Kong – please don’t think for one second that Darth Cheney would be left out of the impeachment process. Besides, we all know he’s the one really running the show.

  5. Icarus says:

    It’s not Nolan Ryan, it’s the frozen head of Ted Williams.

    Come on Donkey, if you’re going to tell all our secrets, at least get them right.

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