How many people are you "waking up" this July 4'th? It's simple! Click here to see what you can do.Submitted by October2007 on Fri, 07/04/2008 - 03:28
Hi Daily Paulers,
It is our duty to "wake up" as many people as possible to the message of freedom. Why not use the 4'th of July holiday as an excuse wake up all the sheep?
I sent the message below to my entire email list of 450 people. Please feel free to send it to all your friends and family.
Subject: Happy Independence Day!
I figured instead of just sending a short and boring Happy 4'th of July message, I'd send you a short summary that explains why we celebrate Independence Day.
Here it goes:
Imagine how you would feel if someone older than you (maybe an older sister or brother) kept telling you what to do all of the time and kept taking more and more of your allowance. That is how the former British colonists felt in the years leading up to 1776. The British government kept trying to make the colonists follow more rules and pay higher taxes. People started getting mad and began making plans to end the immoral control over their lives. They no longer wanted politicians to tell them what to do with their life and what to do with their money, so they decided to tell Great Britain that they were becoming an independent country. (To be independent means to take care of yourself and providing for your own needs.)
The colonists formed a Congress and met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and they appointed a committee to write a formal document that would tell the overreaching British government that the Americans had decided to govern themselves. The committee asked Thomas Jefferson to write a draft of the document, so he worked for days, in absolute secret, until he had written a document that he thought was complete. On June 28, 1776, the committee met to read Jefferson's "fair" copy. They revised the document and declared their independence on July 2, 1776. They officially adopted it on July 4, 1776. That is why we call it "Independence Day." Congress ordered that all members must sign the Declaration of Independence and they all began signing the "official" copy on August 2, 1776. In January of the next year, Congress sent signed copies to all of the states.
The people who signed the Declaration risked being hanged for treason by the big and powerful British government. They had to be very brave to sign something that would be considered a crime! The Declaration of Independence is more than just a piece of paper. It is a symbol of our country's independence and commitment to the ideas of freedom, self reliance, very small limited government, sound money, low taxes, peace and prosperity. These principles are what defined America. These are the principles that made America the envy of the world! Our founders hoped that we would do everything in our ability to preserve those ideals. So every time we celebrate the 4'th of July, we should think about all of the effort and ideas that went into the document, and about the courage it took for these people to stand up for what they knew was right -- Freedom!
Happy 4'th of July!
PS. Here's a link to actual Declaration of Independence: http://www.ushistory.org/Declaration/document/index.htm