Friday, July 4, 2014

John Adams and the 4th of July

If Founding Father Adams had his way, the 4th of July would not be the 4th of July.  In writing his wife, Abigail on July 2, 1776, he stated the following:

"I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."

Not only would he be wrong on the date, but he'd also be incredibly politically incorrect.  Devotion to God Almighty?  Guns?  Carbon emitting Bonfires?  How politically tone-deaf could he have been?

Happy 4th of July, America.  And thank you, John Adams.  Even if liberals would hate your guts today and you did miss it by a couple of days.

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