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Celebrate Independence Day
Backcountry Notes ^ | July 4, 2010 | Jay Henderson

Posted on 07/04/2010 7:06:49 AM PDT by jay1949

Today is American Independence Day, the fourth day of July. By sheer fate, it happens that I am descended in direct line from a Signer -- nothing I did to merit, mind you, simply worked out that way. John Penn was a substitute delegate from North Carolina who is counted among the many largely unheralded who took up the quill to manifest assent to liberty.

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TOPICS: History; Politics
KEYWORDS: fourthofjuly; independence; penn

1 posted on 07/04/2010 7:06:52 AM PDT by jay1949
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To: jay1949
From Thomas Jefferson:

"May it be to the world, what I believe it will be, (to some parts sooner, to others later, but finally to all), the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. . . . All eyes are opened or opening to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few, booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. These are grounds of hope for others; for ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollection of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them." - Thomas Jefferson to Roger C. Weightman, 24 June 1826, Ford, Vol. 10, 390-392

Today, a "favored few," "booted and spurred," and steeped in an ideology that is foreign to liberty, have seized temporary power in Washington, D. C. They must be reminded that "We, the People's" Constitution limits their power to ride, rough shod, over the Creator-endowed rights of American citizens.

May we "refresh our recollection" of the Founders' ideas and give "undiminished devotion to them" on this Fourth of July!

2 posted on 07/04/2010 7:43:59 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: loveliberty2
Don't forget to display your Flag!

Hand Salute

3 posted on 07/04/2010 8:23:54 AM PDT by Young Werther ("Quae cum ita sunt" Since these things are so!)
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