Our Glorious Independence Day: "Every Man Jack of Us a Free and Independent Citizen of God’s Country"
When I was a little girl, my mother told me, "Lenora, always be grateful you're an American. There's no greater blessing."
Mom was right and no one expressed this more beautifully than pioneer Laura Ingalls Wilder in Little Town on the Prairie when she described DeSmet's 1882 Independence Day Celebration:
The Crimes of the King
"For a century and a half, forces were at work creating a new man in the New World--an American." That's what it says in my old homeschool History textbook and I like the sound of it!
From the very beginning, Americans have been the most patient and peaceful of people. A nation of great forbearance. Persuing ever avenue, exhausting every possible course of action before the last and most horrible option: taking up arms to protect their rights against the Crimes of the King.
And many were King George III's crimes.
Long before our July 4th, 1776 Declaration of Independence, the British Parliament passed the Proclamation Line (1763) "which forbade the colonists to settle beyond the Appalachian Mountains."
The colonists ignored it.
In 1764, imported sugar, molasses and coffee were taxed with no say nor input from the colonists nor their own legislatures. In 1765, newspapers, diplomas and other legal and commercial documents were taxed under the Stamp Act. Again, the colonists and their local governments had no say.
To enforce this tax, Britain kept a standing army in the colonies, supplied by the colonists who were even forced to accept their oppressors being quartered in the colonists' private homes. (The Quartering Act 1765)
In every era, the more tyranny puts the screws to the little people, the brighter Liberty grows. As Col. Barré said, "[The colonies] flourished not by our care but by our neglect. They have increased while we did not attend to them. They shrink under our hand."
And the more King George III taxed, controlled, terrorized and tyrannized the colonists, the more the colonies shrank from England, drawing together in cohesiveness, identity as Americans and a shared vision of Freedom.
The first colonial Congress took place in 1765 but it would take more than a decade before colonists drew that line in the sand and listed the Crimes of the King in our beautiful Declaration of Independence.
Signing their Death Sentence
We Mutually Pledge to Each Other Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor
If you can read the soaring, timeless words of our Declaration of Independence without a lump in your throat and tears welling up in your eyes, you're made of sterner stuff than I am.
Laura Ingalls Wilder describes how the Dakota Territory pioneers felt after hearing those very same words in 1882:
From the mouths of babes. Laura was only 14 or 15 when she understood Freedom more profoundly than many adults will ever understand it. It's like discovering fire!
As we celebrate our Great and Glorious Independence Day, Patriots, never forget that our patriot forefathers experienced much greater tyranny and vanquished the most powerful nation on Earth to win our Liberty and Freedom as Americans. With their example to inspire us and "with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence" we cannot and will not fail to re-establish their perfect Vision for America.
God bless you and God bless America! Happy Independence Day! #trumptriumphant
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