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Happy declaring our independence from tyranny day!

On July 2, 1776, 12 out of 13 colonial delegations voted in favor of a declaration of independence from England, with the New York delegate abstaining, unsure of how his constituents would wish him to vote.  John Adams wrote that July 2 would be celebrated as the most memorable epoch in the history of America; however the final draft of the Declaration of Independence wasn’t adopted by the Second Continental Congress until two days later July 4, 1776.  This is the date that was chosen to celebrate our declaration to the British Crown. Today as we fire up the grills and shoot off fireworks to celebrate a day off work, perhaps we should also reflect on the meaning behind our celebration.   For me it’s a very personal thing.  I thank God … Read entire article »

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Independence Day: My duty and my responsibility as a citizen

Ever since I was a child I’ve loved fireworks.  The crisp sparkle of a variety of colors painting the night sky has always captivated me.  Last night while watching the news I heard a faint boom from a far off distance. Like a child on Christmas morning I jumped up from my chair and went to the back door.  Just over the hill I could see those wondrous colors painting the sky; a feeling of reassurance washed over me as I made my way to a chair on my back patio.  Independence Day was upon us again. The temperature was in the low seventies with a warm breeze that rustled the leaves of the large silver maple in my backyard.  It was just enough of a breeze the keep the mosquitoes … Read entire article »

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Our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor

I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July.  Take some time out of your busy picnic schedules to remember that our Founders’ pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor so that we may know freedom.  By signing the Declaration of Independence all 56 men were committing treason and the penalty for treason was death.  Our nation was born out of the courage of a few.  We must once again find the courage of our Founders to confront and solve the monumental problems that are rotting away the very fabric of our Republic.  I’m confident we will because the Spirit of 76 is part of who we are and what we hope to be. Below is a clip from HBO miniseries John Adams. Liberty forever, freedom for all! … Read entire article »

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