A world of Chinese supremacy, or Muslim world order, or Russian controlled, would be a horrible place. Say good-bye to freedom, liberty, the rights of mankind, if the United States is ever replaced as the most powerful country in the world. The United States was born on the fourth of July and the entire world has benefited by that birth.
On July 4, Independence Day, we celebrate in the way that John Adams suggested to Abigail Adams:
“It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews [Shows], Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more,” he wrote.
These days the “Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations” are plentiful. There are frankfurter eating contests, shows, fireworks displays, musical extravaganzas of all kinds in plentiful supply. Increasingly however it is all becoming “fun” not a celebration of what was born in those days when the colonies bowed to a crowned monarch.
The force behind the writing of the great Declaration and the writer of the great Declaration both died on July 4 in 1826. John Adams pushed Thomas Jefferson to write the great words of Independence:
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, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
A lot of blood was shed to birth the new nation. A lot of blood has been shed and continues to flow to bring life to the words in the great Declaration of Independence. This past June we all lost someone we owe a great deal to. David Johnathan Thatcher. Lieutenant Colonel Richard ‘Dick’ Cole gave Thatcher the last salute:
The final salute: Last surviving member of historic 1942 Doolittle bombing raid on Japan that avenged Pearl Harbor bids farewell to his comrade-at-arms
Staff Sergeant David Johnathan Thatcher, 94, died in hospital last week
His funeral in Montana was attended by Lieutenant Colonel ‘Dick’ Cole
Cole is the last of the 80 Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan in April 1942
Thatcher was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry following the raid
The final Doolittle Raider, who was one of 80 fliers to take off on the first bombing attack of mainland Japan following Pearl Harbor, attended the funeral of his last remaining comrade-in-arms.
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Richard ‘Dick’ Cole, from Comfort, Texas, is now the last of the brave airmen who took off from the USS Hornet on April 18, 1942.
He stood beside his comrade, and friend retired Staff Sergeant David Johnathan Thatcher, who died in Missoula hospital in Montana last week.
We wrote about the Doolittle raiders who did so much on Veterans’ Day 2014.
Today is not Veterans’ Day nor Memorial Day. But in a sense every Independence Day is a Veterans’ Day and a Memorial Day – only with fireworks.
If you see Lieutenant Colonel ‘Dick’ Cole, who was the co-pilot for Lt Col James ‘Jimmy’ Doolittle say “thank you” to him. If you don’t see him, think of him in gratitude for his courage. Thank all of those who have fought or will fight to preserve freedom and liberty and the United States of America as you set off that firecracker or eat that hamburger. That’s how we can start to make Independence Day great again.
Happy Independence Day!