Cynical Synapse

Sun, 04 Jul 2010

Independence Day—What It Really Means

Happy Independence Day from the people of Wal-Mart

We tend to think of the signers of the Declaration of Independence as wise men who had nothing to lose. Rush Limbaugh’s father shows us they had everything to lose. His account also shows the Declaration, eloquent as it was, was the subject debate by the Continental Congress. From that telling:

Continental Congress

Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor

—Rush Limbaugh Jr

It was principle, not property, that had brought these men to Philadelphia. Two of them became presidents of the United States. Seven of them became state governors. One died in office as vice president of the United States. Several would go on to be U.S. Senators. One, the richest man in America, in 1828 founded the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. One, a delegate from Philadelphia, was the only real poet, musician and philosopher of the signers. (It was he, Francis Hopkinson not Betsy Ross who designed the United States flag.)

Richard Henry Lee, a delegate from Virginia, had introduced the resolution to adopt the Declaration of Independence in June of 1776. He was prophetic in his concluding remarks: “Why then sir, why do we longer delay? Why still deliberate? Let this happy day give birth to an American Republic. Let her arise not to devastate and to conquer but to reestablish the reign of peace and law.

“The eyes of Europe are fixed upon us. She demands of us a living example of freedom that may exhibit a contrast in the felicity of the citizen to the ever-increasing tyranny which desolates her polluted shores. She invites us to prepare an asylum where the unhappy may find solace, and the persecuted repost.

“If we are not this day wanting in our duty, the names of the American Legislatures of 1776 will be placed by posterity at the side of all of those whose memory has been and ever will be dear to virtuous men and good citizens.”

HT: pamibe

The Declaration of Independence

President Woodrow Wilson said, “The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.” As if to underscore this, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen’s Independence Day message included these words:

This Independence Day we celebrate our Nation’s 234th birthday. As this holiday weekend approaches and we enjoy parades, picnics and fireworks, I hope we also take a moment to remember the generations of Americans who have safeguarded our independence.

Today, there are more than 200,000 uniformed American men and women deployed in harm’s way, protecting us. Their steady lives of dedication remind us that our Nation’s promise must be tended to everyday. I won’t forget the gifts of their service far away from home or the sacrifices of the families who wait for their return.

HT: Michelle Malkin

Remember, the 9/11 attackers were safeguarded and assisted by the Taliban in Afghanistan. We should make no mistake about the criticality of US efforts there. We also need to be mindful there are competing interests in the region. They cannot be taken for granted nor dismissed as irrelevant.

As you enjoy your Independence Day holiday activities, take a moment to remember the men and women of the Armed Forces. Many of them are fighting to protect our way of live and this holiday. Also keep in mind the families of deployed military personnel, as well as those of the fallen. They know, all too well, what’s at stake.



  1. On the topic of “the Founders had nothing to lose”, if the Revolution had failed, the legally-mandated penalty was being hung, drawn and quartered. Look it up as it is entirely too ugly for me to describe, but it is a long and drawn-out (no pun intended) method of execution, which was not done away with until the mid-19th century in Britain.

    Comment by Ike — Thu, 15 Jul 2010 @ 11:36 pm

    • Thanks for your comments, Ike. I have looked it up and you’re exactly right. That’s my point–the founding fathers were rather afluent and had everything to lose.

      Comment by Cynical Synapse — Sun, 18 Jul 2010 @ 11:53 am

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