Fourth of July Thoughts

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Flag Many of my readers will remember that I try to come up up with inspirational posts on appropriate government holidays to include the Fourth of July.  I have been posting these on Active Rain since 2007.  July 4 is the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, in effect the observance of the birth of our nation - although it took another 13 years to come up with our Constitution, (1789) which was the real birthday we should celebrate.  I have a degree in Political Science and a JD degree in Law.  I have studied our attempts at self-government for the better part of the more than seven decades that I have been around to observe our system -- and I have studied our trials and tribulations in the greater context of world history.

The founding fathers, as we think of the members of the Continental Congress for the 13 colonies in 1776 or the Constitutional Convention in 1789 after the failure of the Articles of Confederation, (our first attempt at forming a nation) were a well-read highly intelligent group of people.  The published works of philosophy and political theory in Europe sold as many copies in the colonies as in Europe. Both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution would turn out to be the marvels of their age and led to the creation of a truly remarkable nation.  President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address provides the most oft-quoted description of our definition of Liberty and the mechanisms of our government to deliver Liberty to our people that I have ever read.  (more on that later)Mount Rushmore

The Declaration, written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, contains the following words:

"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 to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..."

Those words are the beginnings of the American experience.  

The Preamble of the Constitution reads as follows:  "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."

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States,  was the elected President that had to fight the very bloody conflict to preserve the Union in what we would hope would be its darkest days.  When Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863, the outcome of the Civil War was by no means settled.  Although the Battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, would turn the tide of the war for the Union, President Lincoln did not know that at the time of the address.  I covered the history of the speech in more detail recently on May 25, 2020, in my blog post on Active Rain for the Memorial Day holiday. memorial day blog

Old BaileyI should mention that the founding documents are not perfect and our government is not perfect (oh, let me count the ways but that would require a book- not a blog post).  But the Constitution has been amended 27 times. And we try as the Preamble to the Constitution says, "in order to form a more perfect Union" to constantly improve.  Our military and some of our civilians have shed their blood in an effort to defend our country and our way of life.  Jefferson knew that his words "all men are created equal" would not have the meaning he intended while the question of slavery was unsettled.  13 years later, the Constitution contained some of the same flaws because we lacked the political will to correct the slavery issue when slaves were to be counted (Art 1 Sec 2) as a fractional part of a man and again in Art 4 Sec 2 calling for the return of runaway slaves.  But the Civil War resolved some of the issues.  The rogue states were brought back into the Union, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in late 1862.  The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution were approved by the necessary number of states between 1865 and 1870.  (Abolished slavery, guaranteed due process and equal protection of the laws, and provided the vote to previous slaves - although women were not granted the right to vote until the 19th Amendment adopted in 1920.  As I said we are not perfect.). Some of these were complex issues and took time to correct. But we did elect a Black President in 2008 and again in 2012 - so we are still trying to improve our racial problems.

scales of justiceNow let's talk about the recent violence in the cities of our country. While I recognize and support the right to peacefully protest guaranteed by the First amendment - I do not agree that any person or organization has the right to incite violence or violate personal, business or government property rights   I believe that the violence of the rioters and looters in recent weeks is a violation of state and federal law and deprives victims of their civil rights.  And I believe that the city and state officials who directed that police stand down violated their oath of office and should be criminally charged with malfeasance in office. Their permissive attitude permitted mob rule in our cities with thousands of dollars in damage and violence to citizens as well as police officers.

Our way of life and the sovereignty of our governmental institutions are under attack on multiple levels.  Criminal attacks on the street, corruption of our political system and organized attacks on our society are way out of control.  

I do not wish to turn this post into a political rant (too late) - but the issues we face are clear and some of them can be addressed at the ballot box in the fall. 

Enjoy your holiday weekend.  If you understand what I have said in this post, I believe that I have made the case for pride in being an American.   We have delivered on the promise of prosperity for most of our citizens and the opportunity for all to build up their lives within our system.  We can achieve so much together.  Build on our record of achievement - don't tear down everything we have built. But whichever argument you find persuasive - you need to vote in November.  It's important.


Comments (25)

Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

Thanks for stopping by, John.

Jul 03, 2020 10:39 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Ted we are on the same page please read my post of about 45 minutes ago Have a Happy Fourth of July, Endre

Jul 03, 2020 11:14 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Ted.

I agree, I served for 29 years defending those innocent against the criminal element.

Jul 04, 2020 01:02 AM
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

 Endre - I read and commented on your post.  Thank you.

James - I have also enjoyed reading a couple of your posts. Reminds me of Paul Harvey's lead line "And now, the rest of the story".

Thank you both for stopping by - have a safe holiday.

Jul 04, 2020 10:15 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jul 04, 2020 05:56 PM
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

Thank you, Kathy.  That is inspirational.


Jul 04, 2020 08:17 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

our country will always survive....we are strong to the core.... but there are those who would remove the word "indivisible" from the pledge to the flag... Nov. cannot come soon enough....

Jul 05, 2020 04:39 AM
John Juarez

Remove "indivisible" from the pledge...

That has been tied, you know. Many people died as a result.

It was has been termed the Civil War or War Between the States.

Jul 06, 2020 03:29 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July. I am happy to be an American, even with all the craziness going on at the moment. I always vote in every election (I think I missed one when my first son was born) but I know a lot of people who don't. "It won't matter, it's just one vote." It does matter. Every single vote counts. 

Jul 05, 2020 04:59 AM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I so agree with your post. The behavior of the mayors and governors of the states that allowed citizens businesses, homes and general lawlessness to be allowed as a "peaceful protest" was criminal.

Jul 05, 2020 05:31 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Ted Baker - your post is very thoughtful and makes the case for a nation which is also striving for a more perfect union.  Anarchy can not go unanswered by those we have entrusted to lead.

Jul 05, 2020 06:37 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Your post is very well written and thoughtful.  There are many reasons to find fault with out country, but in our opinion many more reasons to praise and appreciate the people of our great nation.  A

Jul 05, 2020 07:27 AM
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

Barbara in Massachusettes, Kat in Montana, Faye in Missouri and Grant in New York:  Thank you for your comments.  We all agree that the upcoming election is critical to us all.  

Thank you for stopping by.

Jul 05, 2020 08:28 AM
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

Ron and Alexandra:  I agree; we seem to attract people from all over the world to come to America - but very few who want to leave to go somewhere else.  What is it that they know that so many of our own citizens seem to overlook.  

While we fall short in meeting our promises to our citizens in some circumstances,  our unique culture with our system of government and our capitalist economy is the beacon of freedom, liberty and prosperity for the world.  And our best days can be ahead of us.  Choose wisely in the next election. And by the way, I try to recognize comments from free-thinking residents of the Peoples Republic of California.  Thanks for stopping by.

Jul 05, 2020 08:45 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I agree that the rioters and looters should be stopped - and I think they should be jailed for a good long time. Putting them on a chain gang to clean up the messes they've made sounds like a good idea to me.

Meanwhile - this country does offer opportunity for everyone. So many people have come from meager beginnings and have proven that. It's just that some would rather not grasp that opportunity.

We do live in the greatest country in the world. To those who hate us, I say "Move. We don't need you."

God bless America.


Jul 05, 2020 11:15 AM
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

Bravo! Marte - thanks for stopping by.

Jul 05, 2020 11:43 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Ted Baker ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your thoughtful well written post. We are the greatest country in the world and we are a nation striving for a more perfect union. Our history shows us that and we learn from it. To try and erase our history is unthinkable..we need to remember and honor those who fought so hard to create America..the land of the free.

Jul 06, 2020 05:49 AM
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

Dorie - you are so right. Our social culture, history and future is under attack on so many levels - organized and well funded.

Jul 06, 2020 08:58 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Cue Lee Greenwood and: I'm Proud To Be An American

Jul 06, 2020 03:31 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Ted Baker 

Glad I saw this in Kathy Streib's What I Learned This Week post.

We are an imperfect people thus our founding and amended documents will be imperfect. BUT, as long as we are willing to acknowledge our shortcomings and do something about them we will continue to evolve as a people and a nation. 

I agree, wholeheartedly, with you the radical, violent protesters have no place in our society AND those in elected positions that were too cowardly to act should be removed from their positions and charged. We also need to eliminate career politicians as they get too comfortable and are lured into compromising situations. Time for term limits, tighter control on intelligence personnel/agencies etc. etc. etc.


Jul 07, 2020 07:46 AM
Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

John - see my next post about Lee Greenwood posting a special arrangement of God Bless the USA for the Fourth of July. Thanks for stopping by.


Doug - Well I am glad you saw this in Kathy's article too. 

I normally say that we have term limits - they are called elections.  But we now have such corruption in the house and senate that I look for a way to throw out everybody (both Republican and Democrat) and start over.

The left used to keep their real agenda under wraps but now they are exposed and open about what they would do to the country.  The news media, which is supposed to be a check on the government when either party steps out of line,  is now fully partisan and corrupt and in the tank for the left.  

President Trump is a disruptive force and we need him badly for another term.  But I won't be satisfied until we have control of the House and keep control of the Senate.  The House to stop the impeachment nonsense and the Senate to keep confirming the Judges.  I believe that by the end of President Trump's second term we could see "a more perfect union" and with a strong economy.

Thanks, Doug, for stopping by.



Jul 09, 2020 11:17 PM