Monday, July 5, 2010

July 4, 1776 plus 1, The Next Day

"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."


Everyone knows about Independence Day.  For the sake of argument, We will assume it was signed that day.

John Hancock signed in his signature in bold writing, the first to sign.  At that time he and many other signers, already had a price on their head.  (John Hancock later became Seventh President of the United States in Congress Assembled,November 23, 1785 to June 5, 1786)

"....we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."

These men signed, knowing full well that they risked everything thing.  Not for personal gain, but for a greater cause.

Imagine, July 5th, 1776.  There's no going back.  You're committed.  The risks are

great, the dangers many.  Every moment fraught with peril. 

Does this realization begin to weigh heavily on you?  What about your family?  Is it worth it?

The youngest signer was Edward Rutledge of South Carolina, 26.  The oldest was Benjamin Franklin, 70. In the beginning of life and the end of life.

What plan's were made?  Actions Taken? Did regrets set in?  Worries, depression?

All that risk, and today what do we do with the gift that these men gave to us?

On the day after, remember them and honor them by following the principles laid down so eloquently.

July 4th is a day to celebrate. But July 5th is a day to live the dream that these men gave to us.

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