Ring The Bell

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

As the old saying goes, when you got nothing, you got nothing to lose. But these men had much to lose. The signers of our DOI were all men of accomplishment and prestige within their own community. Not all were independently wealthy like Mr. Franklin, for the rest it was a hardship to even attend the Second Continental Congress, to be away from their farms and their livelihood.

The birthing of a new nation was not easy, and many signers had to pay up on that pledge they made to each other.

Tomorrow we celebrate a wholly American holiday, go ring that bell:

Interestingly, many other Americans risked their fortunes in this the fight for independence:

Those Americans, it turns out, had the highest per capita income in the civilized world of their time. They also paid the lowest taxes—and they were determined to keep it that way.

By 1776, the 13 American colonies had been in existence for over 150 years—more than enough time for the talented and ambitious to acquire money and land. At the top of the South’s earners were large planters such as George Washington. In the North their incomes were more than matched by merchants such as John Hancock and Robert Morris. Next came lawyers such as John Adams, followed by tavern keepers, who often cleared 1,000 pounds a year, or about $100,000 in modern money. Doctors were paid comparatively little. Ditto for dentists, who were almost nonexistent.

I make no qualms about my unabashed nationalism. In articulating the need for the separation Franklin described us as rougher, simpler; more violent, more enterprising; less refined. We had outgrown England.

In “Common Sense”,Thomas Paine argued that it was absurd for an Island to rule a Continent, that people of like mind band together to form a {separate} society, that government’s sole purpose is to protect life, liberty and property, and that a government should be judged solely on the basis of the extent to which it accomplishes this goal.

For many the injuries, the injustices, and the differences were too great, we required a new nation.

Happy 4th to all the colonialists.

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  1. HARLEY

    What is sad, is that on the day we celebrate the ” cutting of the apron strings:” as CM nicely puts, we are faced with the cold reality that we are slipping on the manacles of a ever growing imperial federal government, in the form of government controlled health care…….

    Also today is the anniversary of the last day of the battle of Gettysburg…
    to which i offer this video, a half hour long, metal tribute to the men that fought and died in that battle.
    Iced Earth – Gettysburg (1863)
    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M155Er6PFz0&w=420&h=315

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  2. CM

    Canadian love letter:

    It’s one thing to know that man, in the abstract, went to the moon. It’s another to know that it was you, your government, your parents, the guy down the road, that made that happen. Suddenly the place seems like a fortress of unlimited potential; invulnerable, if not insensate to the storms it has unleashed upon itself, if only the government could be fixed. Opinions on how to fix the government vary from person to person, which is usually the catch.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/lets-celebrate-july-4th-by-admitting-americans-have-stuff-that-we-want/article4385643/

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