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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by fnkmstr, Jul 4, 2019.
Happy Independence day yanks... If I still consumed alcohol, I'd drink a Budweiser and have a shot of Jim Beam. Oh well, I'l have my once a week Dr Pepper (actually, it's HEB's Dr B) today...
Totally FAKE illustration....."sick" in those days indicated an illness. Plus, I doubt Ben Franklin ever played a Stratocaster.....I believe he was strictly a Tele man.
Not m any people know this, but the committee of 5 to write the Declaration of Independence was created on June 11, 1776. It consisted of Roger Sherman, Robert Livingstone , Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson.
Jefferson did most of the actual writing and pulled content from Enlightenment philosophers like John Locke from memory. He had left his reference books home because he did not think the session would be very long. Franklin contributed some significant editing including the phrases "inalienable rights" and "pursuit of happiness" to replace "property".
A vote was taken on 2 July 1776 to separate from the United Kingdom and this vote essentially created the United States. So 2 July is our real Independence day.
The Declaration was edited by a "committee of the whole" (the entire continental congress in session, but in private session), and some of Jefferson's more incendiary accusations were edited out. On 4 July it was engrossed and copies were sent to the army in New York and the various state/colony locations for dissemination. It was also published in various newspapers.
On 9 July it was read aloud to a crowd at the back entrance of Carpenter's Hall (Independence Hall) in Philly, and you can go there to see/hear a reenactment every year.
Independence Day became a thing in the late 1790's, after the War of Independence was won and the direction of US politics was being pulled in two ways by the Federalists (Adams's party) on one side and the Democratic- Republicans (Jefferson's party). The D-R's wanted to promote the 'revolutionary values' of Jefferson over Adams, and so promoted Independence day both as a way to celebrate Jefferson's primary part in the Declaration and down play Adams's part in it.
The truth is, Adams angled for independence from the UK very early on, and nearly single-handedly engineered the 2 July vote.
Maybe more than you wanted to know...
From a proud American in France.
Working out one of Bach's pieces no doubt.
All the best to everyone on the 4th!
And, Mandolin Orange..., oops, wrong thread.
Happy 4th to all and be safe.
Some would consider us here, ill
Proud to be an American.
Have a safe 4th everyone.
I think old Ben would have been a Gretsch man. Jefferson was a Tele player for sure though.
They did write all of their own material though.
FWIW, on my YouTube feed yesterday.
Have prime ministers or kings on Mt.Rushmore.
This young country may have stayed in debt ..hmm
Happy Independence Day, I don't celebrate the 4th, (Buying furniture)