Monday, July 4, 2011


“Taxation without representation!” That was the battle cry of the 13 colonies in America that were forced to pay taxes to England’s King George III with no representation in Parliament. As dissatisfaction grew, British troops were sent in to quell any signs of rebellion, and repeated attempts by the colonists to resolve the crisis without war proved fruitless.

On June 11, 1776, the colonies’ Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia formed a committee with the express purpose of drafting a document that would formally sever their ties with Great Britain. The committee included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston. The document was crafted by Jefferson, who was considered the strongest and most eloquent writer. (Nevertheless, a total of 86 changes were made to his draft.) The final version was officially adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4.

The following day, copies of the Declaration of Independence were distributed and, on July 6, The Pennsylvania Evening Post became the first newspaper to print the extraordinary document.

The Declaration of Independence has since become our nation’s most cherished symbol of liberty.


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17 responses to “Monday, July 4, 2011

  1. The talented performers from Kansas City’s Music Theatre for Young People perform a patriotic medley at Union Station.
    The music is a remix of “America the Beautiful,” “You’re a Grand Ole Flag,” and an original breakdown section all arranged by MTYP alum and musician Sam Terwilliger. Choreography created by Broadway dancer and MTYP Alum Roy Lightner.

    • Whether a ‘flash mob’ is or isn’t executed well, they seem to always make people smile — happy faces, people who pause and share.

  2. Here are short biographies of all 56 signers of the Declaration. The first, largest, and most famous signature is that of John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress. The youngest signer was Edward Rutledge (age 26). Benjamin Franklin (age 70) was the oldest. Two future presidents signed: John Adams (second President) and Thomas Jefferson (third President).

  3. Freebird1971

    Politics and differences aside hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th

  4. O’Connor’s Video Game Revolution
    Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has launched a series of video games that teach kids about government. She talks to Danielle Friedman about getting into gaming at age 81.

    Mario and Luigi save princesses. Lara Croft raids tombs. And then there’s Chuck Freepress, a computer-game constitutional lawyer—created by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor—who scores courtroom victories and boasts a heroic knowledge of the First Amendment.

    O’Connor’s unlikely venture into the video game world may not have produced a Resident Evil-level blockbuster, but so far it has hooked kids in 12,000 classrooms across the U.S. on a selection of civics-themed games—now played more than 2 million times. The goal: Revive the teaching of civics in American schools to help prepare the next generation of kids to participate as citizens in a democracy.

  5. indypendent

    Just curious – has anyone else been blessed to receive one of those forwarded emails about Anthony Weiner’s wife – Huma?

    It seems this Huma Weiner must be some type of a Muslim mastermind. The email gives great details as to how Bill and Hillary Clinton met this Huma in Saudi Arabia and then this woman somehow joined the group in the White House. It also seems Huma’s parents are somehow the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood – and now you know where it goes from here – don’t you?

    Some how all through this very long email – Anthony Weiner’s wife has gotten her foot in the White House and the Muslims are all going to take over.

    Of course, that liberal Democratic Party is behind all this because they hate America.

    WOW – all that from this woman who works as a personal secretary (I think?) for HIllary? She must be more powerful than she looked.

    After I received this from my Republcan friend – I reminded her that George W. Bush bowed and held hands of the Saudi King and nobody in the GOP said one word against him.

    I also reminded her that a former Kansas Senator lobbied for the Saudis to take over our port security a few years ago – so was Bob Dole also helping the Muslims to take over America?

    I will give the people credit on both sides of the aisle – when the port security issue came up, there was a heavy backlash. But I don’t remember anyone demonizing Bob Dole for his part in the deal.

    I have not yet heard back from my friend – and I guess we’ll see if she thinks outside the Fox box or not?

    • indypendent

      Oh – BTW – are we also helping the Muslims take over America by continuing to buy their oil and demonizing finding alternative energy sources?

    • I don’t receive those emails any longer. Upon receipt of one I went straight to Snopes and simply sent them the link disproving their crazy email. Miraculously, the emails stopped. They really don’t care to read something that’s different than what they’ve chosen to accept as their ‘facts.’

      • indypendent

        I usually do the Snopes thing too but I could not find it this time. It must be too new since it was directly related to Anthony Weiner’s wife??

        Anyway – I did want to remind my loyal Republican friend that her beloved idol Bob Dole lobbied for the Muslims . And for that comment, she is probably defriending me (although I have been off Facebook for quite awhile now) as we speak.

  6. If they ever came out with a single idea it would be so refreshing! Nothing but criticism, rumors, exaggerations, and lies. They can find many ways to be critical of anything and everything but not a single suggestion for how anything should be done differently.

  7. badbiker


    Happy Independence Day! to all you evil semi-kinda maybe Liberals!

  8. Something to listen to this evening.

  9. CapnAmerica

    The real reason for Independence?

    England wanted to respect the boundaries negotiated with Native Americans. The colonists wanted the land.