July 4th: We’ve Been Here Before.

It’s a tough time right now in America.

Division. Hatred. Misinformation, Racism. Fear. Blame. Populism. Blind Allegiance. Lack of civility. Change. But…

On Wednesday, people will have their hamburgers and hot dogs, go swimming, maybe an early morning fishing trip, head to a beach, drink an adult beverage, have some ice cream and spend time with family and friends.

The flag will fly. The small town parades will be great. We will say prayers around the picnic table. Children’s laughter will fill the air. Great tunes will be played on the radio.

But at 9pm, most of us will come together, and watch the fireworks. We will sit with our families and friends, we will gather with complete strangers in this communal tradition. There will be no left or right, Democrats or Republicans, MAGAs or Libtards. It will just be Americans celebrating our Independence, as one of our fore fathers intended!

I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. 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. – John Adams

And I hold dear to this, as well all should…

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. – Thomas Jefferson

Two men, who believed in revolution, who believed in America’s independence, but wholly disagreed how to move the country forward after acquiring it.

In 1796, John Adams defeated Jefferson to become President. Jefferson’s Democratic Republicans worked against Adams during this period, particularly over the Alien and Sedition Acts in 1799.  Then, in 1800, Jefferson became President, defeating Adams who, in an act that greatly annoyed Jefferson, appointed several of Jefferson’s political opponents to high office just before leaving office. Click on the link, read your history. We have been here before, and we as a country survived.

They were partners in revolution, they were rivals in government, and were friends after they served their country. Both died on July 4th, 1826.

I say this to remind you, our country has journeyed down a long road. Some moments to be proud of, some moments to be ashamed of. It’s a hard road, Democracy is not easy, it needs to be nurtured. And when it loses it’s way, the people have the power to change things.

That’s what I hold on to, a place WE ALL CALL HOME! (Thanks for the inspiration Dierks)

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