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Independence Day - A Grand Accomplishment

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Independence Day - A Grand Accomplishment

One of my favorite subjects in school was American History. Sadly today, the real stories of the time are somewhat marginalized and perhaps taught more as bullet points of dates and people. One man that we have all heard of,  is a true connoisseur of both the facts and the grand stories of our true beginning as a nation, is Newt Gingrich, an accomplished history professor. While some of the stories are hard to separate from the politics of the day, the human parts are truly inspiring.

We celebrate this most significant day in our history with fireworks and the waving of sparklers and flags. But rarely do we think of those brave and courageous souls that brought the birth of our country into being. And despite the amazing disagreements of how it should be cared for, even today, it survives the hardiest of tempests.

In the room below, famous characters of different political persuasions sat in the same room and argued the details of our future. One thing was agreed upon, that we should be free of oppression and able to run our own affairs with dignity and pride. These great men voted that we shall govern ourselves with Liberty, Freedom and Justice and to form a more perfect union of our states and territories.

So it was on that day in 1776, the agreement was made and the people of our land would live to be free, while oppressors would soon test it, time and time again. The good news is we had our freedom but the bad news was that there was to be a great cost that would be paid many times over in our history, to preserve it. And that Price was paid gladly. Let's All Respect It and Be Proud!


Happy 4th of July


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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Good blog, William Johnson . Unfortunately, a growing percentage of our population would rather spend their time second-guessing the actions of our founders. Have a great Independence Day!

Jul 03, 2017 06:50 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

I love history and my hubby does as well.  We live in America's Historic Triangle, Williamsburg, Yorktown and the Jamestown settlement.

Jul 03, 2017 09:11 AM
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"

Well said William.  They should listen to the words of the national anthem before the fireworks start. Yes Sir it is about more than a barbeque and fireworks.

Jul 03, 2017 06:20 PM
Nancy Middleton
Counselor Realty, Inc. - Excelsior, MN
Nancy Middleton, Counselor Realty, Minnetonka, MN

Back in the 1960's when  my husband and his sister and their two  families spent 6 weeks together in the Charleston, SC area, the three British cousins and four American cousins were playing together, and they asked," Who were the good guys?"  "Who were the bad guys?" The American cousins came from the North, and the British cousins had grandparents in the South. So it was the Americans versus the British, and the North versus the South. We all needed to brush up and spend more time learning about our histories even though the cousins ranged in age from 3 to 9  years old at the time. When special holidays and events accur we all need to take more time to think about the real meaning of the events from the past and to honor them.  They were also shown a copy of the Declaration  of Independence signed by one of their Ancestors, Arthur Middleton. Now that's another story.    Thank you William.

Jul 03, 2017 06:33 PM
Carolyn Roland- In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Independent architectural histor'n - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

Sitting on historical boards in my area has taught me so much about the Revolutionary War that was fought right here. A local researcher discovered that Gen Howe's HQ was near what is now a shopping center in Hockessin, DE. The British occupied Wilmington DE and Kennett Square PA. Local Quakers were very unpopular because they would not join the Continentals or help the cause. Much suffering was caused when thousands of soldiers took horses, crops, and anything they could get their hands on. We have so much to be gratetful for because of the actions of  these brave citizens. As John Adams said,  “It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

Jul 03, 2017 10:15 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Happy Independence Day William, I hope that you and your family all have an enjoyable week!

Jul 03, 2017 10:31 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Nice to see you here William Johnson!

Happy Independence Day - and hope we can meet when I am in San Diego area next time (August 6-8 - so it is just about a month!)

Jul 03, 2017 10:51 PM
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

I've stood in that room in Philadelphia that you have a picture of. It really is quite moving to be there and imagine what took place in the very room. Happy 4th of July and God bless America and may the memory of those who died that we may celebrate this day be eternal. 

Jul 04, 2017 06:30 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

A beautiful tribute to the birth of our country! Well written, I really enjoyed this!

Jul 04, 2017 06:44 AM
Robert Hicks
United Country River City Realty - Savannah, TN

Thank you Sir for sharing.. May God continue to bless this great Nation!!

Jul 04, 2017 06:45 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Good Morning Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA , Thank you for such a wonderful comment and through your words, I can feel the Pride and sincerity of your story. I wish you and others that have so much to share could bring these stories to light the way for the younger generations that are missing  much of the spirit that must be preserved. Thank you Carolyn.

Jul 04, 2017 08:02 AM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Great Post  William Johnson, Thank you for sharing & bringing this day into focus. The feats accomplished in our Country's history are truly amazing, and the foresight that founded our freedom is even more awesome as they still manage stand today. 

Hope you have a Great 4th of July.


Jul 04, 2017 08:23 AM
Greg Mona
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Professional Real Estate Representation for YOU!

Thanks for this wonderful post William Johnson. Just like with Christmas, the true meaning of these two special days are almost or completely lost on so many people.  Thank you for the reminder of what the Fourth of July represents and means to us and this country.  Enjoy your holiday!

Jul 04, 2017 09:23 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Althought the US is so deeply divided now, it's still a great country and time to celebrate our independence!

Jul 04, 2017 09:34 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The Declaration of Independence turned world opinion in our favor as did the gettsberg Address in supporting the North's fight to preserve the union and end slavery. Two great documents and few anywhere can match them.

Jul 04, 2017 10:08 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear William,

In our area, we have thousands of visitors each year, who want to learn more about our Nation's beginning history. From this perspective, there is still great interest. And to think that a volcanic eruption in Iceland may have started all of this.

Jul 04, 2017 01:23 PM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Our educational system from primary to secondary needs radical improvement. Unfortunately, the leaders who choose the curriculum are biased with their ideology and thus our children's' education, IMO, is woefully inadequate. 

We live in a Blessed nation and many are grateful for being an American, yet, how many are patriots? May God Bless the USA and the patriots who appreciate the home of the brave and the land of the free. Happy 4th of July. 

Jul 04, 2017 05:14 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Amazing what can't be accomplished with a shared goal even if they disagreed about the methodology or even the specific outcome. THey had a shared vision that islacking now 

Jul 05, 2017 03:28 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

It is amazing how we can loose our understanding of history. It is often not repeated or even re-written to fit a new direction.

Thank you for the great reminder of the original intent.

May God bless America.

Jul 05, 2017 05:40 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

I think it is hard for any of us to really know what was going through their hearts and minds in those turbulent times. The bravery required to stand up to the known and pursue the unknown, to start afresh. Like anything, as time passes things change and need to be adapted, we need those today who will stand bravely and speak out for what is right, not what is politic.

Jul 05, 2017 07:11 AM