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Happy 4th of July
Free Republic | July 4th 2006 | Me

Posted on 07/03/2006 10:14:23 PM PDT by Number57

Edited on 07/03/2006 10:24:20 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Here's to the Freepers - I love you guys... please have a safe and happy Independence Day! Pray for us all and fire off as many explosive decorations as possible (or legal).

God Bless


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1 posted on 07/03/2006 10:14:26 PM PDT by Number57
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To: Number57

Happy 4th backatcha!


2 posted on 07/03/2006 10:15:33 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Taglines for sale or rent. Good "one liners", 50 cents.)
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3 posted on 07/03/2006 10:15:37 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (What you know about that?)
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To: Number57

A happy 230th birthday to the USA.


4 posted on 07/03/2006 10:17:09 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Number57

God Bless America!


5 posted on 07/03/2006 10:17:11 PM PDT by Zechariah_8_13 (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.)
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To: Number57

Wishing everyone a glorious Independence Day.


6 posted on 07/03/2006 10:18:42 PM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: Number57
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7 posted on 07/03/2006 10:20:23 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK ( have long feared that my sins would return to visit me and the cost would be more than I could bear)
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To: Zechariah_8_13

God certainly has -- have a Happy One!


8 posted on 07/03/2006 10:20:29 PM PDT by Blind Eye Jones
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To: jazusamo

I just realized... I spelled 'indepenence' wrong

:/

I blame my excitment :)


9 posted on 07/03/2006 10:20:50 PM PDT by Number57
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To: Number57

Same to ya!


Happy Birthday USA!!!!!!!!!


10 posted on 07/03/2006 10:21:16 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: Number57

It dun't matter, everyone knows what you meant. :-)


11 posted on 07/03/2006 10:23:23 PM PDT by jazusamo (DIANA IREY for Congress, PA 12th District: Retire murtha.)
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To: Number57

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. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.

John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776


12 posted on 07/03/2006 10:23:26 PM PDT by NinoFan
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To: Number57
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13 posted on 07/03/2006 10:24:25 PM PDT by Old Seadog (Inside every old person is a young person saying "WTF happened?".)
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14 posted on 07/03/2006 10:27:05 PM PDT by Number57
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To: Army Air Corps

Happy birthday my Country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Never forget all those who fell!

"By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world."

-Emerson.




15 posted on 07/03/2006 10:27:11 PM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: Number57
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16 posted on 07/03/2006 10:27:11 PM PDT by Old Seadog (Inside every old person is a young person saying "WTF happened?".)
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To: Number57

Happy Birthday America!

You broke the back of tyrants 230 years ago, and you're still going strong!

Let the Earth shake when your purpose is mentioned. Let the horns blow when your children fight in your honor and glory. In no ther place, and at no ther time has a single nation meant so much to so many.

We shall never become weary. For if we do, humanity itself will die.

Can Do, and God bless all you Freepers!


17 posted on 07/03/2006 10:33:24 PM PDT by Greenpees (Coulda Shoulda Woulda)
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To: Number57

That's OK, and it looks like a mod already took care of it. :)


18 posted on 07/03/2006 10:33:55 PM PDT by NinoFan
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19 posted on 07/03/2006 10:35:03 PM PDT by Rte66
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To: NinoFan

I've read that and to this day it sends chills down my spine. If only we had leaders like that now.


The Continental Congress adopted a resolution severing ties with Great Britain on July 2nd, though a formal Declaration of Independence was not adopted until July 4th; which explains John Adams' letter to Abigail, dated the 3rd of July.


20 posted on 07/03/2006 10:36:40 PM PDT by Number57
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To: NinoFan

lol... I didn't know I could afford an editor~


21 posted on 07/03/2006 10:38:52 PM PDT by Number57
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To: Number57

I like what Ronald Reagan once said about the Fourth of July: "Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15."

God Bless America!


22 posted on 07/03/2006 10:39:17 PM PDT by FreeRep (Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July; the democrats believe every day is April 15)
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Red Skelton reads the Pledge of Allegiance
23 posted on 07/03/2006 10:44:37 PM PDT by Number57
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To: Number57; NinoFan

Yes - I wonder where those leaders are too. I liken it to the toppling of Saddam's Statue. That hopefully will be celebrated (again!) as Iraq's Independence Day after they (with our help) have secured their nation. Much as it took us many long years of fighting (with its defeats and misery and talk of "cut and run") to finally secure our Liberty (with France and Prussia's help).

And as I recall the wording was finalized and copies were made, but the Declaration of Independence was not signed until the fourth. (?)


24 posted on 07/03/2006 10:46:00 PM PDT by geopyg ("I would rather have a clean gov't than one where -quote- 1st Amend. rights are respected." J.McCain)
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25 posted on 07/03/2006 10:49:17 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: All
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY TO ALL!
26 posted on 07/03/2006 10:49:20 PM PDT by MaineVoter2002 (http://jednet207.tripod.com/PoliticalLinks.html)
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To: geopyg

OOPS - a bit off on my memory, not not signed until August:
AND - Victory was not declared until 7 years later.



July 2, 1776
Lee Resolution Adopted & Consideration of Declaration
On July 2, the Lee resolution was adopted by 12 of the 13 colonies (New York did not vote). Immediately afterward, Congress began to consider the Declaration. Congress made some alterations and deletions to it on July 2, 3, and the morning of the 4th.
More Information in the American Originals Exhibit





July 4, 1776
Declaration of Independence Adopted and Printed
Late in the morning of July 4, the Declaration was officially adopted, and the "Committee of Five" took the manuscript copy of the document to John Dunlap, official printer to the Congress.
Printed Declaration of Independence





July 5, 1776
Copies of the Declaration Dispatched
On the morning of the July 5, copies printed by John Dunlap were dispatched by members of Congress to various committees, assemblies, and to the commanders of the Continental troops.
(On July 9, the action of Congress was officially approved by the NY Convention.)





July 19, 1776
Congress Orders the Declaration Engrossed on Parchment
Congress ordered that the Declaration be "fairly engrossed on parchment, with the title and stile {sic} of ‘The unanimous declaration of the thirteen United States of America’ and that the same, when engrossed, be signed by every member of Congress."




August 2, 1776
Declaration Signed
The document was signed by most of the members on August 2. George Wythe signed on August 27. On September 4, Richard Henry Lee, Elbridge Gerry, and Oliver Wilcott signed. Matthew Thornton signed on November 19, and Thomas McKean signed in 1781.


27 posted on 07/03/2006 10:51:10 PM PDT by geopyg ("I would rather have a clean gov't than one where -quote- 1st Amend. rights are respected." J.McCain)
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To: Liberty Valance

28 posted on 07/03/2006 10:54:05 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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29 posted on 07/03/2006 10:57:34 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: geopyg

1776 - The first ice cream parlor opened in New York City!

.George Washington liked ice cream so much he reportedly had a bill for $200 for ice cream one summer.

.Our 4th First Lady, Dolley Madison, created a sensation when she served ice cream at a White House inaugural ball in 1812.

.I scream, you scream, we all scream for "iced cream" as in 1776!

HAPPY ICED CREAM DAY, FREEPERS!


30 posted on 07/03/2006 10:59:54 PM PDT by Rte66
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To: Number57

I lllllove youz guys, too. (hic).


31 posted on 07/03/2006 11:06:30 PM PDT by Defiant (MSM are holding us hostage. Vote Dems into power, or they will let the terrorists win.)
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To: Defiant

Buy the next one?

:P


32 posted on 07/03/2006 11:19:53 PM PDT by Number57
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To: Number57
Thank You!

HAPPY BIRTH DAY TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

I took my daughter to work today and she wrote the same thing on the dry erase board, all the CSR's smiled.

33 posted on 07/03/2006 11:19:54 PM PDT by gilor (Pull the wool over your own eyes!)
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To: NinoFan

From the book "Voices of 1776":

A copy of the momentous document was promptly sent to Washington [fighting] in new york, and July 9 became a special day. As reported in the Pennsylvania Journal:

This afternoon the Declaration of Independence was read at the head of each brigade of the Continental Army...it was received everywhere with loud huzzas and the utmost demonstrations of joy. And tonight the equestrian statue of George III....has, by the Sons of Freedom, been laid prostrate in the dirt - the just desert of an ungrateful tyrant! The lead wherewith the monument was made is to be run into bullets to assimilate with the brains of our infatuated adversaries...


34 posted on 07/03/2006 11:20:57 PM PDT by geopyg ("I would rather have a clean gov't than one where -quote- 1st Amend. rights are respected." J.McCain)
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35 posted on 07/03/2006 11:25:19 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Number57

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ANNIVERSARY OF YOUR INDEPENDANCE, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! May you and your citizens continue to serve peace and prosperity on our planet.

Michael
Germany


36 posted on 07/03/2006 11:26:52 PM PDT by Michael81Dus (1954, 1974, 1990, 2006)
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To: Number57

This is such a great country!

We're so lucky to live here!

I mean, we could have been born in France.

And ain't you happy you're not a Liberal today?

And . . . we have Free Republic to do our rants on!

Happy Anniversary America!!


37 posted on 07/03/2006 11:44:29 PM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Having a Kerry/Edwards bumpersticker on your car is like having "Born Loozer" tatooed on your arm.)
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To: Number57
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 earth a separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and nature's G-d entitle them. A decent respect for the opinions of mankind require that they declare the causes which impel them to this separation.
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.
...
And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

I memorized those beautiful words 53 years ago when I was seven. They still bring a catch in my throat and tear in my eye when I think of all those words mean, and all they can mean. Happy Independence Day, my beautiful Americans. Let Freedom Ring!
38 posted on 07/03/2006 11:44:37 PM PDT by 1lawlady (To G-d be the glory. Great things He has done!)
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To: Number57

Happy 4th of July to you, too! Hope yours if a safe and memorable one.


39 posted on 07/03/2006 11:45:33 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: Michael81Dus
False notions of liberty are strangly common. People talk of it as if it meant the liberty of doing whatever one likes--whereas the only liberty that a man, worthy of the name of man, ought to ask for, is, to have all restrictions, inward and outward, removed that prevent his doing what he ought.

~F. W. Robertson
40 posted on 07/03/2006 11:46:02 PM PDT by Number57
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To: Number57
Where liberty dwells, there is my country ~ Milton


(I love these United States. Please Lord, bring me back here one more time)
41 posted on 07/03/2006 11:53:42 PM PDT by Number57
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To: Number57

On this day we celebrate
The freedom for which patriots died
Pledging their lives and their honor
On that blessed first Fourth of July

Forsaking all kings
For our republic brand new
They laid down their lives
Like true patriots do


42 posted on 07/04/2006 12:00:12 AM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: geopyg

Huzzah! *loud*


43 posted on 07/04/2006 12:18:53 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: Number57

Happy Independence Day!


44 posted on 07/04/2006 1:14:04 AM PDT by sneakers (Freedom is the answer to the human condition)
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To: Number57

The day of our nation's birth in that little hall in Philadelphia, [was] a day on which debate had raged for hours. The men gathered there were honorable men hard-pressed by a king who had flouted the very laws they were willing to obey. Even so, to sign the Declaration of Independence was such an irretrievable act that the walls resounded with the words 'treason, the gallows, the headsman's axe,' and the issue remained in doubt. [On that day] 56 men, a little band so unique we have never seen their like since, had pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Some gave their lives in the war that followed, most gave their fortunes, and all preserved their sacred honor... In recent years, however, I've come to think of that day as more than just the birthday of a nation. It also commemorates the only true philosophical revolution in all history. Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government. Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should." —Ronald Reagan









45 posted on 07/04/2006 3:24:49 AM PDT by proudmilitarymrs (It's not immigration, it's an invasion!)
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To: Number57

Happy Birthday, America! No regrets from this side of the pond :0)


46 posted on 07/04/2006 4:23:55 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: Number57
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47 posted on 07/04/2006 5:05:17 AM PDT by AdvisorB (Bomb Hamistan back to the Stone Age paleos celebrated the 911 atrocities, now its their turn to die.)
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To: Number57
Happy Birthday, America!

In 1776, the flag and Army were already one year old, both coming into existence June 14th, 1775.

But on July 4th, 1776, we finally found the words that could articulate why we would now chose to use that Army and that rally around that flag.

Prepare, prepare, prepare for action. Let your enemy know that you are prepared to take action. Tell the world why you must certainly will fight.

Then fight!

It took seven years to win the victory. It took over a decade of a very imperfect Confederation before we formed a federal Constitutional government. And maybe, maybe we aren't perfected yet!

But we know what we want to become, and with God's help we'll get closer each passing year.

Prepare, prepare, prepare for action. Articulate our cause. And then when our enemies will not listen to reason and will not let us live in peace and security, then we will fight!

And rest assured that we will win, for that is the legacy of our Fourth of July, 1776.

God bless our patriot traditions, and our American resolve.

48 posted on 07/04/2006 5:45:13 AM PDT by ReaganCowboy (History books are written by winners.)
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To: MinuteGal

Bump


49 posted on 07/04/2006 6:04:34 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal

bttt


50 posted on 07/04/2006 6:05:12 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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