Independence Day

July 2009


Breathes there a soul so dead that these words don’t send a chill through the spine?

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them,…

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,…

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States;

Read the entire docment here.

The parchment is aged and water stained, the ink faded and behind the thick, bullet prof glass it is difficult to discern. And yet — and yet the power of those words have shaken empires to their very roots and given hope to generations. The future they but dimly perceived, we live today. This is what it means to risk it all – in the hope, fear and prayer that the course you are charting will mean a better tomorrow; to know that there is no out, no “Plan B”…

Independence Day

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  • Thank you all for your service. God bless.

  • UltimaRatioReg


    It is American Scripture. And it cuts through the thick layer of cynicism we have coated things with today.

  • Ray Kilmer

    I am sure there are some that this document means nothing or very little to. I also think that it is unfortunate that some of those people seem to be very, very high up in leadership roles within this country. But, I think that The Declaration of Independence is the greatest political document ever written and I am very happy that Thomas Jefferson along with the other Founding Fathers were willing to “…mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

    I am sure most here know that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the 50th Anniversary of the signing of The Declaration of Independence. What might not be know is that John Adams was asked to give a toast in Quincy for the celebration of the signing. At 91 years of age and very sick John Adams was not able to attend the celebration, but he did offer up a statement worthy of applause, “INDEPENDENCE FOREVER.”

    Thank you Messrs. Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin for playing such a large part in the creating of this country and although he did not sign The Declaration of Independence, I also thank Mr. Washington.

  • 1776 – Describes the birth of our Navy, the struggle to defend the ideals of freedom, and the reasons to cut through the cynicism… Navy Reads

  • Ray Kilmer


    Are you tring to state that the Founding Fathers mutually pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor for selfless reasons? If so, I must disagree. There are only two choices in life, selfish or selfless. To be selfless means to have NO concern for oneself. To be selfish means to have concern for oneself, but to have a concern for oneself requires long-term thought and action. To be selfish does not mean to kill and crush and step all over everyone else, it just means to have a concern for oneself which is what it takes for one to provide for their life, fight for their life and stand up for those others that they value.

    The standard for a rational person’s moral/ethical system is life which is also the highest value. That which is good or enhances life is what a rational person should choose to do. And that which deteriorates life is bad and the rational person should choose not to do. To do this a person has to have a long term perspective on their life and constantly ask themselves, “is this in my best long-term interest?” Unlike most people that think that being selfish is easy, it instead requires that an individual constantly ask themselves what is right and wrong. And unlike those that just blindly follow some contradictory ethical system and try and rationalize away the contradictions.

    So, as a rationally selfish person, I choose to work or cooperate with people that I might not like or agree with because being free is a higher priority than whether or not we share a beer together every night.

    And I am almost certain that most on this blog are going to ask the administrators to once again squelch me or give me some weak attempt at disputing my ides by calling me names like “Randite.” Well, how about actually attempting to dispute the ideas and stop the personal attacks as they do not work nor do they hurt me. I am a prior Marine and have been called every name in the book without being hurt, it cannot be done.

  • Grampa Bluewater

    Gentlemen, Ladies:

    To the independence of the Republic and the memory of who have defended it. May God bless and protect them all, always.

  • Semper Fi Haiku for Ray Kilmer,

    Selfless or Selfish,
    Light and Shadow paint the same
    portrait – Humanity

    Ray, perhaps there are shades of gray, especially illustrated in the complicated relationship of Jefferson and Adams. And in the end… They did come together, despite (or because of) their differences.

    Thank you for your rational selfishness.