The History of Our Independence

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Real Estate Agent with Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc.

"A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference."

 - Thomas Jefferson

Today now marks the 233rd Anniversary of one of our most sacred treasures of liberty. I am of course referring to The Declaration Of Independence. 

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, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation....

This famous paragraph is just the beginning to our new declaration of independence so eloquently written by Thomas Jefferson during the month of June 1776. On 11 June 1776, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman and Robert R Livingston were appointed to a committee to draft a declaration of independence. Thomas Jefferson presented a "rough draft" for correction before writing what would of course become the final version that we have known and have been taught. We are all too familiar with the beginning of the 2nd paragraph...

"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..."

Following the importance of the Declaration of Independence, would be the Constitution of the United States. We all should remember the Preamble to the Constitution, having been taught this in school.

We The People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America....

The first three words are very powerful in their context and meaning. We The People...ponder for a moment what these words are actually saying. The Preamble does not say The Government of the United States, it is...We The People of the United States. It was written as such, since our founding fathers meant our government to be for the people, BY the people. They were also looking for a form of government to include States Rights and a limited centralized government. This is why we fought for our independence, to move away from a form of tyranny, where the people had no voice in what their government was doing to them. Let us all remember what these two powerful and important documents mean to our country and to us as its citizens, as we celebrate with our families today.

Maybe it is time for all of us in this country, including our elected officials, to sit down and reread or read for the first time, both of these documents. Listen to the words that are being spoken. Comprehend their meaning and pass this understanding on to future generations.

While there were other acts in prior years, the timeline leading to our independence started in 1773 with the Boston Tea Party. In 1774, the First Continental Congress was held and thus begins the timeline leading to the 4th of July, our nations Independence Day.

So as we sit with our families, enjoying the parades, the food at the picnic and watching the fireworks...remember to take a moment and reflect upon our heritage as a country and what happened 233 years ago for us to enjoy our freedom today.

Happy 233rd Birthday America!

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Missy Caulk
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Cris, in the midst of celebration we must remember our heritage, those who paved the way for our future. It would be awesome if we would reflect and our legislature on the meaning behind the words.

It was not hammered out lightly but burned in the hearts of the men who formed them. Each word carefully thought out, debated and written.

They pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to one another.

Jul 04, 2009 12:07 AM #1
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Thanks for sharing your post with us this morning. Happy July 4th

Jul 04, 2009 12:47 AM #2
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Excellent post this morning. Thanks for the update.

Jul 04, 2009 01:00 AM #3
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Your thoughts on the reasons to celebrate on the Fourth are excellent. We the people should take the time to remember and be grateful. Have a great holiday weekend.

Jul 04, 2009 01:58 AM #4
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Very well said. It is interesting to note that these words today have a different meaning than they did in Jeffersons day. But because they are so simple straighforward and powerful we can apply them today.

Thanks for the post and have a great day

Jul 04, 2009 01:59 AM #5
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Cris, wery good post stating the real reason for this holiday. Thanks and have a Happy 4th of July weekend!

Jul 04, 2009 02:15 AM #6
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Cris Burlew
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Missy - I think our legislative body needs to relearn the meaning behind both documents. You are so correct that these were not hammered out lightly. They took great risk in order for future generations to enjoy the freedoms we now have.

Have a happy & safe 4th.

Jul 04, 2009 03:52 AM #7
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Harry - You're welcome. You also have a happy & safe 4th.

Katiejo - Thank you and you're welcome :)

Jul 04, 2009 03:54 AM #8
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Sara - You're right...We the people need to take the time to remember. I think we have lost the meaning of our independence over the years and it's a shame. Have a great weekend yourself and stay safe.

Jul 04, 2009 03:56 AM #9
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Charlie - I agree that we CAN apply them today. These words were made simple so that all who read the documents could understand what was being said. It's just sad that we the people have forgotten what our country's heritage is and why we fought for independence. We have swung toward what our forefathers fought against.

Jul 04, 2009 04:02 AM #10
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Michael - Thank you...I know most people have lost the real meaning of this holiday...especially when you can go shopping at the malls. It is a time to be with family and friends and reflect on our country's past and fight for freedom.

Wishing you a happy and safe 4th of July weekend also.

Jul 04, 2009 04:05 AM #11
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Cris indeed it is for we the people....the government works for us....King Obama needs to get that through his head...we do not work for his government....PERIOD!

Jul 04, 2009 07:39 AM #12
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Cris indeed it is for we the people....the government works for us....King Obama needs to get that through his head...we do not work for his government....PERIOD!

Jul 04, 2009 07:39 AM #13
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CRIS..Very inspiring ..The Declaration of Independence    is housed here in Philadelphia in Independence Hall...HAPPY 4th of JULY

HELPFULHANNAH your friend in Philadelphiatweet this

Jul 04, 2009 12:54 PM #14
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Chris,

Good post and have a great weekend off with family.

Check out my mew group, "Voice of Reason"

Jul 04, 2009 05:14 PM #15
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Chris, great post. Can't get enough of these this weekend...

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Jul 04, 2009 10:47 PM #16
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Hi Cris, Love the post and love reading about Thomas Jefferson.  He had so many great things to say!

Jul 07, 2009 08:41 AM #17
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Cris Burlew
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BLRGuy...you are so right...THEY work for US...they all need to go back to school and learn this!

Jul 18, 2009 08:04 AM #18
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Hannah - I have driven thru Philadelphia, never had the chance to stop, but heard wonderful stories from my grandmother about Philly. Hope you had a great 4th!

Jul 18, 2009 08:06 AM #19
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Cris Burlew
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Terry - Thanks. Hope you had a great 4th and I will check out your group.

Michael - you're right, there were quite a few of these posts that weekend! All were good.

Sandy - Thanks and I'm glad you enjoyed reading about Thomas Jefferson. It's amazing what he said all those years ago, still ring true today.

Jul 18, 2009 08:08 AM #20
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