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Dumb on the 4th of July

Dumb on the 4th of July

A prophet of old once said “my people perish for lack of knowledge.” Today, our stunning lack of knowledge of what it is we’re really celebrating this weekend means we could be the generation that sees liberty perish in America.

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Freedom: America’s DNA

Freedom: America’s DNA

Americans have the wrong idea about the Fourth of July. Perhaps it is due to the fireworks displays celebrating the holiday, giving the appearance of a bombardment suitable for the flag still being there at Fort McHenry as memorialized by Francis Scott Key in our national anthem. But America is unique.

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Independence Hall

The Vote That Changed the World

This is probably my favorite scene from the HBO miniseries “John Adams” a few years ago, based on the book by David McCullough. I had the honor and pleasure of standing in the room where that vote was taken, some 10 months ago with my family. What an incredible experience! Few events have more profoundly affected world history as much or more than the vote taken in that room on that day.

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What Would the Founders Think?

What Would the Founders Think?

From MRC TV, reporter Dan Joseph asks some people around the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C. what the founders would think if they could see what their creation has become today. So many good comments here. From the ones who say they would be outraged and/or cry at the way we’ve departed from the path they created…to the fact that even with all our faults, America is STILL the best place on earth to live by a longshot.

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These United Colonies are Free and Independent States

These United Colonies are Free and Independent States

Please observe with me one more scene from the HBO miniseries “John Adams,” in which the vote for independence is taken. Notice how heavy and somber it weighs on them after the vote, the weight of what they have done. Note that even at the public reading of the Declaration of Independence, it still weights heavily on them. They didn’t do this lightly. And many would go on to give of their fortunes, their family, their health–and even their lives, in the cause of freedom.

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While I Live, Let Me Have…a Free Country

While I Live, Let Me Have…a Free Country

This is another of my favorite scenes from the HBO miniseries from a few years ago called “John Adams.” The delegates to the Continental Congress have debated for a long time on how to reclaim their God-given rights, trampled for years by the British crown. They have slowly, reluctantly, come to the realization that no amount of concilation, no amount of groveling, will work. The time has come to declare independence from Great Britain. John Adams makes this speech.

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Will You Crawl Toward the Seat of Power in Abject Surrender?

Will You Crawl Toward the Seat of Power in Abject Surrender?

This is a clip from a fantastic HBO miniseries a few years ago called “John Adams” based on author David McCullough’s biography on John Adams. This clip reveals that the American colonies did not want to go to war against Great Britain, even after repeated insult and injury. No sane person wants to go to war lightly. But it also shows, in Adams’ passionate speeches, that there comes a time when one must either decide to lay down in abject surrender and allow tyrants to walk all over you…or you must stand up and fight for your rights and those of your countrymen.

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Independence Day 2012: America Down, But Not Out

Independence Day 2012: America Down, But Not Out

Yes, my fellow Americans, we are not in a good place right now. As some have pointed out, while patriotic Americans are celebrating today our 236th year of independence from a tyrannical government in Europe, too many Americans are in a state of ongoing celebration of dependence on tyrannical government. As heart-wrenching and disgusting as this is, this is not the first time America has faced tough times on the Fourth of July. Bill Whittle gives us some much-needed perspective.

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Congress Voting Independence, a depiction of the Second Continental Congress voting on the United States Declaration of Independence.

Restoring the Sovereign to Whom All Ought to be Obedient

The Declaration of Independence was approved JULY 4, 1776. John Hancock signed first, saying “the price on my head has just doubled.” Benjamin Franklin said: “We must hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately.” Of the 56 signers: 17 served in the military;11 had their homes destroyed; 5 were hunted and captured; Abraham Clark had two sons imprisoned on the British starving ship Jersey; John Witherspoon’s son was killed in battle; Francis Lewis’ wife was imprisoned and died from the harsh treatment; many, such as Thomas Nelson and Carter Braxton, lost their fortunes; and 9 died during the War.

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The Battle of Lexington, April 19th. 1775.

Independence Day: Independent From What?

The Fourth of July is called Independence Day because it commemorates the Continental Congress ratifying the text of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. However, I seriously wonder how relevant Independence Day or the Declaration of Independence is to Americans today, especially with such a large segment of the American public desperate to be DEPENDENT on government tyranny to provide things to them at the expense of their fellow Americans.

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