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Op-Ed: Independence Day is not an act of Congress
Watchdog.org ^ | July 3, 2018 | William Haupt III

Posted on 07/04/2018 7:47:08 AM PDT by KeyLargo

Op-Ed: Independence Day is not an act of Congress

By William Haupt III | Watchdog.org 23 hrs ago

“You’ll never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve ‘your’ freedom.”

– John Adams

If you’ve paid attention to the U.S. calendar of official holidays, then you’ve noticed some holidays are fixed like Christmas, which is always Dec 25. You are also aware others are flexible as to which date they fall upon. Memorial Day falls on the last Monday in May and Labor Day falls on the first Monday in September. And it’s no coincidence Washington’s birthday and Columbus Day fall on Mondays. This is not happenstance. Those three-day holidays were created by a slight of hand by Congress.

In 1968, Congress re-legislated history with the passage of the Uniform Holiday Act. This moved many holidays to the closest Monday. Their rational was to give us more time to celebrate.

“If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.”

– Ben Franklin

In the initial legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Robert McClory, it included the resetting of Independence Day to fall on the first Monday in July. He argued since nobody has ever determined the precise date when the Declaration of Independence was completed by our founders, this would be a logical move. He said historians also debated when our founders announced it to the colonies. Since they could not agree to agree on July 2 or 4, it made little difference if Congress agreed to this change. That brainstorm went over like giving a progressive a copy of the Constitution for his birthday.

“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason."

(Excerpt) Read more at watchdog.org ...


TOPICS: Education; Government; History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: constitution; founders; independence; patriots
I have always preferred INDEPENDENCE DAY rather than referring this day as just another calendar day.

Members of the National guard carry an American Flag in an annual fourth of July Parade in Idaho Falls. B Brown | Shutterstock.com

1 posted on 07/04/2018 7:47:08 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo
does it NOT say July 4th at the top of the Declaration??? case closed...
2 posted on 07/04/2018 8:03:04 AM PDT by Chode ( We’re America, Bitch!)
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To: KeyLargo

We are free because are Forefathers were armed!


3 posted on 07/04/2018 8:05:01 AM PDT by upbeat5
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To: Chode

The Declaration also gave our country its name—until then the 13 colonies were known as the United Colonies. But if you notice the lettering at the top of the Declaration, the word “united” is not capitalized.


4 posted on 07/04/2018 9:31:58 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA looks to be all caps.
5 posted on 07/04/2018 9:43:49 AM PDT by Chode ( We’re America, Bitch!)
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To: Chode
There were some copies of the Declaration printed immediately which have all the words at the top in all caps.

The "engrossed on parchment" copy with the signatures of the 56 Signers (most of whom signed on August 2nd, a few later) has the top line in all caps; IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776. But the next line is mostly lower-case letters with only The, Declaration, States, and America capitalized. The first three words (The unanimous Declaration) and the last three words (States of America) are in larger lettering than the four intervening words (of the thirteen united).

6 posted on 07/04/2018 10:05:26 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus
that's why i love FReerepublic, i never knew there were two versions!


7 posted on 07/04/2018 4:09:47 PM PDT by Chode ( We’re America, Bitch!)
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To: Verginius Rufus

As you will see some freepers instantly reply to a post without bothering to understand the meaning of the article’s author. What the author is saying is this was done to appease unions and the travel industry to give the sheeple three-day weekends.

“If you’ve paid attention to the U.S. calendar of official holidays, then you’ve noticed some holidays are fixed like Christmas, which is always Dec 25. You are also aware others are flexible as to which date they fall upon. Memorial Day falls on the last Monday in May and Labor Day falls on the first Monday in September. And it’s no coincidence Washington’s birthday and Columbus Day fall on Mondays. This is not happenstance. Those three-day holidays were created by a slight of hand by Congress.”

McClory claimed his goal was to align federal holidays with weekends so federal workers and private businesses could enjoy more productive vacation time instead of getting oddball days off in the middle of the week. But his logic was tainted when his true motives were revealed. This was being driven by commercial interests, and nothing more. Travel organizations had been pushing for three-day weekends for years. Private and federal unions were now lobbying hard for this since it meant more time off for them. And for some, it was an opportunity to get some days off they didn’t get before.”

“The United States is the only country with a known birthday. All the rest began, they know not when, and grew into power, they know not how. There is no ‘Republican,’ no ‘Democrat,’ on the Fourth of July, all are Americans.”

– James Blaine


8 posted on 07/07/2018 1:09:50 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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