Every year for the past couple years I have done a decent Independence day post. It was never really intended to be an ongoing theme. I will say that I love this day, mainly because I love the fact we sent a formalized letter to Bastard King George saying we can, and have the right to tell him to go screw himself.
As a quick rundown, here’s the posts I’ve done on independence and liberty over the past couple years.
- John Adams on the Resolution for Independence
- 2010 Post on Independence. If you haven’t read the whole Declaration, go read it now.
- 2011 Post regarding the Resolution for Independence
- 2011 Post on Independence day and progressives attempting to politicize it.
- 2011 Post Quoting Richard Henry Lee and John Adams on Independence.
I love this day, more specifically I love the history of it and the significance of it. When else in history did someone formalize a letter like that telling them, and rightfully so, to go piss up a rope. There are a lot of people who attempt to trivialize or even discredit both the people who achieved independence as well as the history surrounding it.
There were a lot of things that happened just right, and even more importantly many of the right people with the right attitudes were in a position to make things happen.
So today, celebrate the fact that a bunch of men took a risk upon themselves, pledging their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to give you the opportunities you have today. Many probably wouldn’t be interested in spending the time learning the details surrounding it. My wife used to be one of those, however I have converted her to enjoying history instead of hating and despising it. I love learning history much the same as I love learning about anything. I’m glad I’m not the only one with that view of learning.
I don’t feel like giving a history lesson today. Instead all I ask is at some point if you haven’t watched it before, watch the John Adams miniseries. It provides a good window for those who aren’t as apt to pick up a book or just generally enjoy history.
So a thank you to the obnoxious and disliked Mr. Adams.
Look forward to Part II later today.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.