America's birth certificate

Our birthright is the greatest in history; are we good stewards of it?

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Have you ever looked at a grand, tall, sturdy structure and ever thought to yourself, “It doesn’t really matter how strong that thing’s foundation is”?

Of course you haven’t. That would stretch the boundaries of foolhardy. All structures rest on a foundation. No fabrication long endures without a stout underpinning.

So why would anyone think otherwise of the grandest, tallest, sturdiest nation in history?

Yet, it’s clear that many Americans today don’t much care about America’s foundation – the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. They may think the Constitution is outdated and irrelevant, that it needs to be elasticized to fit the exigencies of the moment.

As for the Declaration of Independence, its meaning and wisdom and its own relevance may be lost on many.

The Founders, it’s obvious enough, aren’t in fashion. They’re considered by many to be little more than dead white men – radical right-wingers at that.

But those “extremists” happened to be some of the most learned and daring figures in history. And whatever you think of them, they poured a foundation unequaled in human endeavors – one that you are enjoying today. Their thinking, their writing, their bold actions form the bedrock upon which this greatest of all nations was constructed.

How could that foundation not be key to what comes after? The prosperity? The liberty? The comforts? The achievements?

Harry Truman once warned that, “We find it hard to believe that liberty could ever be lost in this country. But it can be lost, and it will be, if the time ever comes when these documents are regarded not as the supreme expression of our profound belief, but merely as curiosities in glass cases.”

America is unique in the world in that it was founded not as an accident of ethnicity or geography, but as a coherent set of principles based in the Judeo-Christian ethic, and with some of the most irrefutable logic about the nature of man and his constructs.

The Declaration of Independence – America’s birth certificate – contains some of the most profound, important and moving sentiments in the long affairs of mankind.

Even in its audacious announced split with England – which the signers knew was a declaration of war, and perhaps their own death warrants – the Declaration’s phraseology was simply soaring:

“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.”

And while “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions,” they concluded by promising ominously, “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Never has a band of brothers made a more profound, unambiguous, historic pact with each other or with the whims of fate.

While relishing the fruits of their courage and foresight today, we should ask ourselves: Is the foundation they laid any less pertinent to liberty and prosperity? And have we been adequate stewards of what has been bequeathed to us?

Happy birthday, America. For our progeny’s sake, and with a growing concern for it, we raise a toast to your health and longevity. And like our forebears, may we pledge to you “our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

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faithson
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faithson 07/04/13 - 12:13 pm
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there was NO economic policy enshrined in our founding documents

No, the founding fathers were all about 'forming a more perfect Union'. Our present economics are an evolution out of the late 19th century. An evolution that is on going. Where some see 'profit' as the holy grail, others see egilatarianism as the holy grail... like biz said, the answer lies somewhere 'in between', a place we are slowly moving toward. A basic problem that liberal thinking has created is the 'nanny state'. Work is man's destiny, no where in all of the past literature does a man get away with just hangin' out. The effort to 'right' this ship will include agreement from both sides of the divide. I can't let the conservatives off on creating problems either, they have, by their stubborn positions, created a gulf that will wither away as they themselves 'wither' into non-relavance as their righteousness leaves them marginalized in the social evolution as it proceeds. It is to our deteriment that the once great 'republican fiscal conservatives' will be swept away with intolerant conservatives we see driving the party in our time.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/04/13 - 12:35 pm
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Quote from editorial

"Happy birthday, America."

THIS SHOULD READ happy birthday to ALL Americans !! It is said that America is a melting pot of different peoples and cultures. In order for this to remain true, ALL Americans are celibrating America's birth !!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/04/13 - 12:42 pm
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Started with Washington

Started with Washington faithson-this program this morning was just stating this fact. Hamilton wanted a strong central govt and an industrialized nation, Jefferson on the other hand promoted a weaker fed and stronger states mostly agricultural. Washington went with Hamilton and Jefferson retired to Monticello. Might have faired better with Jefferson's vision as we are no longer an industrial giant but we still rule agriculturally. We need another parallel universe as a control and a time machine. I'll start on inventin' one in my basement-oh and a dimensional portal too. Gosh lots of work to do Perhaps a wormhole.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/04/13 - 12:41 pm
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Quote from editorial

"All structures rest on a foundation. No fabrication long endures without a stout underpinning."

What about the on-going of bigotry, slavery, hate, and slaughter of The Native Americans and The Black Americans during the drafting of these two documents !! THESE WERE AMOUNG the firsts blemeshes on America !! How con this be over-looked when now we need to include ALL into the idea of true America !!

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CobaltGeorge 07/04/13 - 12:41 pm
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Wrong t3b

"ALL Americans are celibrating (celebrating)America's birth !!"

There are some so called Americans that are wishing America was aborted at birth. Some of the comments made will show just that.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 07/04/13 - 12:46 pm
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fared far better...

jtf: sure have, thanks to the liberal-led movements of the past half century which have secured more power and freedom for these groups....

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/04/13 - 12:47 pm
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CobaltGeorge @ 12:41

"There are some so called Americans that are wishing America was aborted at birth."

I can think only about American terrorists that would wish this. ALL other minorities see wrong in our government, BUT not go to that extreme.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/04/13 - 12:53 pm
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I Agree Some What

but you have to admit that there are many extremes that are happening daily that is as deadly as abortions.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 07/04/13 - 12:53 pm
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Why has
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the republican party of abe lincoln's time become the democratic party of obama's time?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/04/13 - 12:53 pm
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The idea of true America

Our forefathers allowed slavery and slaughter of Native Americans to go on during the drafting of said documents ! Isn't one LARGE mistake enough ?? EVERYONE has got to include EVERYONE in the persuet of A TRUE AMERICA !!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/04/13 - 12:56 pm
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Remember the Native Americans

Remember the Native Americans displaced an earlier culture and so on and so on. It's the violent nature of homosapiens to war, migrate, and try to establish their gene pool-it's our evolution history. We all started out of Africa migrated around the planet (beat our Homo erectus, Neanderthal, etc, then forgot our common roots and ancestry and started finding the differences rather than similarities. It isn't an ideology but biology. Studies have shown life long friends can be manipulated in scenarios to enslave and torture those same friends-it's the biology of our psychology.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/04/13 - 12:58 pm
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CobaltGeorge @ 12:53

"but you have to admit that there are many extremes that are happening daily that is as deadly as abortions."

I think of myself as "A REGULAR AMERICAN" who doesn't agree with much of what minorities want. BUT, EVERYONE has got to be included.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/04/13 - 01:04 pm
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Bizkit @ 12:56

It is the biology of our psycology, I AGREE ! BUT, perhaps we should lay aside what our forefathers did, and concentrate on how we can ALL live together in much more harmony than NOW !

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/04/13 - 01:15 pm
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OK. Guess everyone is eating BBQ.

Guess I will try later.

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dahreese 07/04/13 - 01:34 pm
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"Remember the Native
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"Remember the Native Americans displaced an earlier culture and so on and so on."

Errr, uhhh....

Let me play the roll of another poster on here who is always asking "what is your proof of that?"

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/04/13 - 01:57 pm
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You didn't read the article

You didn't read the article about how a human culture once lived here that fossil and DNA evidence supports pre-dated Clovis by 1000 years and Native American cultures. So before Native American or Clovis there were modern humans.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/04/13 - 02:28 pm
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dahreese @ 1:34

"Let me play the roll of another poster on here who is always asking "what is your proof of that?""

NOW, who can you possibly be talking about ?? Is it a young, female poster that happens not to be here today ??

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seenitB4 07/04/13 - 02:34 pm
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Have you ever wondered..I have

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence ?

1. Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

2. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

3. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.

4. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?

1. Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.

2. Eleven were merchants,

3. Nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated.

Still they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy and eventually sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

Thomas Nelson, Jr., lost his home to the British General Cornwallis for his headquarters. Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently or not so silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember: freedom is never free !

dahreese
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dahreese 07/04/13 - 03:22 pm
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@seenitB4I don't want to
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@seenitB4

I don't want to deflate you're ego too much, but I'd check my sources (and accuracy) for this before I posted it.

Here's a good start;

Go to google and type in your opening statement. It should take you to www.snopes.com › Home › History › United States‎

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CobaltGeorge 07/04/13 - 03:20 pm
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Very

well done, B4. I would be willing to say that many who are partying, getting poo-canned, overeating and just having a good American time,,,,If asked "What is Independence Day"? Many would reply, the heck if I know!

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Darby 07/04/13 - 03:30 pm
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"Could we tweak our founders rules?"

We can and we have, many times... Twenty-seven to be exact. The process is called an amendment. We can do anything we want to do with the Constitution just by going through the amendment process.

For the most part, however, our liberal/progressive friends prefer to take shortcuts and change that great document simply by reinterpreting those parts it finds fault with.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/04/13 - 03:42 pm
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dahreese

It doesn't deflate my ego...many were punished .......more info

In the years since that momentous occasion, many stories have emerged about the aftermath of their decision. Legend has it that they they were punished for rebelling against the crown.

However, the methods of communication in the 18th century American life may have helped keep their identities secret.

"It would have been very difficult for a member of the British troops to actually find out in any given place who in that community had something to do with the Declaration of Independence because of the complete lack of communication," co-author Denise Kiernan said.

Their actions deemed treasonous, some were imprisoned and treated as "high value prisoners," while others, who enjoyed great wealth in their prime, died penniless. A few emerged from the revolution to live long and happy lives, Kiernan and D'Agnese say in the above clip from the interview.

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justthefacts 07/04/13 - 03:48 pm
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No arguing

They were great men who all owe a debt of gratitude

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/04/13 - 03:53 pm
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CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/04/13 - 04:00 pm
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Sorry t3b 12:53,

I just can't and will not include "EVERYONE."

Those that consume the American air who's faith is in Allah and believe in the Qu'ran, in my book will never be included. I consider them my enemy!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/04/13 - 04:09 pm
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SNOPES

is nothing more than a Democat Liberal site....has been proven wrong many times....

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 07/04/13 - 06:49 pm
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I am NOT optimistic ....

...about America's future...Today I'm not celebrating what we were or what we are ....

I'm mourning what we will never be...

When we have more people who know who Honey Boo-Boo is than can name their U.S Senators...we're doomed..

When we have nearly 70% of graduating high schoolers who can't name what decade the Civil War was fought in....we're doomed..

When nearly 50% of Americans pay NO income tax, and in fact get tax "refunds" stolen from others, and 40 million on food stamps.....we're doomed...

When we have elected officials who care more about getting re-elected (Republicans AND Democrats) than they do about what's right vs. wrong...we're doomed...

When we natural born Americans who stand to have fewer rights than ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS via the bogus "Comprehensive Immigration Act"...We're doomed...

When we have the IRS targeting ANY group because of their politics (right wing or left wing)...we're doomed..

When we have the Imperial Federal Government watching our every move and people saying "Okay" ...we're doomed.

When we have the so-called "fourth estate" becoming nothing more than stenographers and sycophants for the powerful while Americans are persecuted for their political beliefs..we're doomed.

I could go on and on...But I won't..
It truly pains me to say I'm not celebrating....I'm mourning...and all true patriots who understand that we've passed the "tipping point" are mourning as well. Rest In Peace America...1776-?

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/04/13 - 07:35 pm
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CM

That is 100% the way I feel today.....

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specsta 07/04/13 - 09:32 pm
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Freedom!

ACES wrote - "Is the foundation they laid any less pertinent to liberty and prosperity? And have we been adequate stewards of what has been bequeathed to us?"

The foundation of the US Constitution is pivotal to the existence of freedom in this country.

However, the US has become a nation of fearful Chicken Littles, who have allowed the minuscule chance of a terrorist attack to uproot the very freedoms we hold dear. The Founding Fathers would be rolling over in their graves, rolling under their graves and rolling out of their graves if they knew what a nation of fear-mongers we have become.

Under the Bush regime, we allowed the government to strip us naked of our rights as US citizens. We allowed the government to snoop through our emails, record our phone conversations, view our naked bodies via airport scanners, touch our private parts (including our children) to get on a plane, force libraries to reveal our reading material, peep through our internet activities, and have our faces photographed when entering a sports arena.

And this nonsense has continued under President Obama - and even more so with NSA surveillance where EVERY cell phone call is recorded and stored, drones flying over our cities, DNA collection by the police, the SCOTUS ruling that our Miranda rights don't have to be read and that we must be the ones to verbally invoke our 'right to remain silent' or whatever is said CAN and WILL be used against us - and add in the fact that we are now asked to "show our papers" in Gestapo-like roadblocks, all done under the guise of "safety".

Our Founding Fathers would be ashamed and appalled at the pathetic state of this nation. They would spit their tobacco juice at our feet and call us idiots. We have given up liberties and freedoms because of people who were smart enough to know that if they could just scare us, we would be punk enough to do anything to have a false sense of security - including letting the government run over our freedoms.

A person has a better chance of dying in a fall at home, or crossing the street and getting hit by a car, ingesting a lethal substance - or even getting hit by lightning - than to be killed in a terrorist attack. But most of America is so dumbed down, they think that having some TSA goon pat down their buttocks is making them safer.

I would rather live my life under my unrestricted Bill of Rights as a free citizen, free from the peeping-toms of government surveillance.

The fearful, who would do anything to be "safe" - even live under a dystopian society, are the true Anti-Americans.

dahreese
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dahreese 07/04/13 - 09:46 pm
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"The fearful, who would do
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"The fearful, who would do anything to be "safe" - even live under a dystopian society, are the true Anti-Americans."

There isn't a fearful conservative on here who can respond to that without blaming Obama, Democrats or liberals.

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