I fired up the grill for my Fourth of July cookout. Ground lamb patties, turnips, Portobello mushrooms. Maybe that is what you’re having, too. Maybe not.
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of
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,
and the pursuit of Happiness.-- Liberty
It does not say, “pursuit of hamburgers and hot dogs.” It says, whatever floats your boat. Is this a great country, or what?
Among the signers of the Declaration of Independence were Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Each became Secretary of State, then President of The United States. They were lifelong friends, sometimes political rivals. Estranged for years, they reconciled before their deaths, within hours of each other in 1826, on July 4.
often quoted on his deathbed asking, “Is it the Fourth yet?”
Benjamin Franklin collaborated with them as the committee that wrote The Declaration of Independence.
Jefferson “ought to appear at the head
of this business," they agreed. “Reason
first: you are a Virginian….Reason second: I am obnoxious, suspected and unpopular. You are very much otherwise. Reason third: You can write ten times better
than I can,” Adams said to Jefferson.
The 56 signatures on the Declaration of Independence:
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Robert Treat Paine
The Founding Fathers,
Who would all hang together, or surely they would hang separately.