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Happy Fourth of July!
I've done a lot of reading this year about the history of our country. Back in the last 1700's when our forefathers were making noise about wanting to be independent. We were a colony belonging to England and any talk of independence was treasonous. The authors of A Common Life (Ben Franklin's biography), and the biographies of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson gave me insight to that time and place that I had not really understood

before. They had to consider every action they took and the consequence of that action. One of the authors of the Declaration of Independence said "we must all hang together or we will most assuredly hang separately." These men were not soldiers, but common people like you and I who believed so strongly in America that they placed their names on a document that could have cost them their lives.
There were a lot of people during that time that were loyal to the crown. They were loyal mostly because the crown had given them cushy positions of power and wealth here and they didn't want to let that go. I'm can almost hear them say..."now if we let the common folk have a say, I might not get to keep my post."

I'm really glad that there were brave men and women like Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Ben Franklin, and many others who had the guts to see us through those early years. I am also very thankful for all of the soldiers who have fought and died so that we can enjoy the freedom that the forefathers envisioned so long ago.
So on this 230 anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, have some BBQ and watermelon and raise a glass of good ol' sweet tea to this great country.


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