Friday, July 4, 2008



Today we celebrate the declaration of our nation’s independence from British rule.  This is yet another very important piece of our nation’s history whose meaning is largely lost among the majority of our population.  We have become a hedonistic society focusing instead on how good a time can be had, how many parties, and so on.  Yes, today is a time to celebrate. The history of the celebrations goes back to July 8, 1776 when the first public readings of the Declaration of Independence were held in Independence Square in Philadelphia with ringing bells and bands playing.  On the first anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia celebrated by adjourning Congress and having bonfires, fireworks, and bells.  The custom spread with celebrations including picnics, military displays, games, and fireworks.  Celebrations became even more common at the end of the War of 1812 with Great Britain.


Prior to the Declaration of Independence, America was under British government which at the time was a monarchy.  The most important aspect of the Declaration of Independence was and still is self-government.  All people have “unalienable rights” and the government derives its power from the “consent of the governed.”  If you read the Declaration of Independence, you can see very clearly how our government over the years has expanded its powers beyond the limits set forth in the Declaration (such as “imposing taxes on us without our consent” – hmmmm – how many times does THAT happen???) and the Constitution. 


As you celebrate our nation’s independence, at some point today, take some time to reflect on the fact this Declaration formed the greatest nation this world has ever known.  Take some time to read it.  I think all Americans should read the Declaration of Independence.  You can click happy-birthday-america 03 07 2008 entries Noappologies-Biblicalperspect>HERE and read it in Carolyn’s entry in NO APOLOGIES, BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVES ON WORLD EVENTS. My wife, Nelishia, sent me this link to A CAPITOL FOURTH on the PBS website. It’s excellent.  Take a few minutes to take their quiz on your knowledge of the Fourth by clicking HERE. It’s really good and educational too.  

Think about all those, too, who have sacrificed to maintain our independence and freedom, and who continue to do so every day.  I encourage you to thank a veteran, and thank those currently serving anytime you see them.  It only takes a minute, and means so much to them.  



“May it be to the world, what I believe it will be…the signal of arousing men to burst the chains…and to assume the blessings and security of self-government.  That form, which we have substituted, restores the free right, to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion.  All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man…For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.” 

                                             Thomas Jefferson

                                                    June 24, 1826



tschuckman said...

God knows that man, left to his own devices and imperfections will degenerate from bad to worse even in a Democracy like ours.   We can start with the millions of babies aborted [murdered] in the |U.S. alone.... but now it may soon become ILLEGAL to read and / or disseminate the Bible or explain what real sin is !!   Europe and Canada already ban most freedoms and here "Christians" won't stand up to fight for our "Rights.|"  So go figure, what does this once great cou8ntry stand for now in the year 2008 ?   Surely not for Christ.

Tom Schuckman
Old Soldier Tom's Journal
Disabled Vietnam Veteran:  68-70

rdautumnsage said...

Wonderful post hon! Wishing you, Nelishia, and Katie a truly Grand 4th. (Hugs) Indigo

cuteallison1980 said...

Very good entry.  This is a very important day in the fabric of our county's history.  Unfortunately the way our government runs today I think our founding father's would be embarassed and somewhat ashamed at what has happened in the years since they fought for our independence.  I do hope you have a wonderful day today. : )


lifesabench6 said...

Hi Dirk.  I've read the Constitution a bunch of times, and the Declaration a few times. Today, I read it to my son so he could truly understand what Independance Day means and what it means to me as an immigrant. As I was reading it, I couldn't help but see how many of the grievances against George III  are very similar to many of the things that are going on now.  It makes me very sad to see such a wonderful country , in essence, throwing it's future down the toilet.  Sorry, it's the only discription I could think of right now.  I will be posting about it later- but for now- God Bless America, her troops and patriots, and May we remember to thank Him for our inalienable Rights!  God Bless you and Nelishia, DIrk- I'm going to the other link you left from her.  Thank you!  Carolyn

stargazer2052 said...

             Thank you dirk for a reminder of what we celibrate in the 4th of July. Allot of people do not know that they have the right to receive a copy of both the Delaration of Independence and the Constitution for free. Just go to the congress website at

                                                                                Star !!

wwfbison said...

Dirk, you've produced yet another stellar entry and one which should make each of us think about the true meaning of the fourth of July.  So many of our important holidays are just three day party weekends to peope without any regard for the reason behind them.