The Independence Day Show: Happy Birthday the United States of America

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In 1773, the 13 colonies located in North America, but still very much under British rule, revolted to additional taxation, believing they had already paid their fair share. So in Boston, they took the British Tea, in which they were expected to pay taxes on and destroyed it all, infuriating the Crown across the pond and setting off a spectacular chain of events, eventually leading to the American Revolutionary War. But in 1775, all of the colonies were still not convinced to join ranks into a single army in a fight for their independence. But at the Virginia convention, a man by the name of Patrick Henry stepped up to the podium and delivered a speech, that would lead to the birth of a nation.


Straight No Chaser singing ‘America the Beautiful’

Patrick Henry

Artist rendering of Patrick Henry during a speech

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter.
Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace – but there is no peace. The war is actually begun!
The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms!
Our brethren are already in the field!
Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have?
Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Forbid it, Almighty God!
I know not what course others may take;
but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!


The high profile nature of the deaths and the broken cities that followed, allowed no time to weep or breathe or figure out a solution to prevent the chaos from happening again, or worse yet, evolving into something more deadly. Backward steps is what we felt, but perhaps, the string of recent occurrences, leading to lines drawn in archaic sand, were exposed cracks finally surfacing in places where progress had never been made, forcing ‘civil rights battles’, that had been crushed when they initially came. But on this day of celebration of the birth of a nation, one photograph tells the story of how far our country has come. For no one truly believed he could actually win…. until he won.

President Barack Obama

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4th of July Weekend Washington DC

The Neighborhood wishes everyone a Happy 4th of July

15 Comments on “The Independence Day Show: Happy Birthday the United States of America

  1. This is a wonderful post Kendall, and I’m glad that you framed Obama’s Presidency in the context of what his election means to people who have always had to fight to have their share of the ‘self evident’ freedoms that so many in the U.S. take for granted.

    I’ve recently seen a spate of negative writing that seeks to blame Obama for failing to implement his agenda so let me take this as an opportunity to say:

    If you elect a Democrat to the office of President and then sit out the mid-terms so that he ends up with a congress composed of racist right wing fanatics who spend all of their time looking for reasons to impeach him you are the reason the President couldn’t implement his full agenda.

    Do we really think that our government DOESN’T represent the will of the people?

    Just 36.4 percent of all eligible voters turned out in the 2014 mid-terms.

    Guess who wins when Democrats don’t vote?

    The next time someone tries to convince you of the virtue of not getting your ass to a ballot box on election day remember all of the people who died to earn and protect your right to vote and ask yourself why anyone would refuse to participate in the political life of his nation.

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  2. Nice post and Happy Independence Day to you! I am not at all a fan of our current president’s politics, but it is a very good thing that our country elected a black man to the highest office in the land. Not once mind you, but twice.

    There is a lot to be thankful and appreciative in America, may God continue to bless her and her people as we move through some difficult times.

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