Independence Declared: Are We Still Free?

A person of principle, once a decision and course of action is set, doesn’t look back or second-guess their decision.

Firm resolve is sorely lacking today.  People seem to be afraid of criticism so either they don’t act with conviction or they absolve themselves from making decisions.

When it comes to leading a team, a company or a country a firm resolve is paramount.


July 4, 1776

By July 4, 1776 General George Washington was desperate for more reinforcements, flints for their guns and provisions for the troops.  Watching as the British and mercenary fleet kept growing in New York harbor, it was only a matter of time before an invasion by the British began.

For several weeks now, General Washington sent daily dispatches reminding the Congress of the critical shortage of men and supplies.  The few reinforcements that were being sent were not enough.

50,000 men were now gathered for a showdown on Manhattan Island.  Muskets and guns were about to resolve the issues being argued by statesmen on both sides of the Atlantic.  The only thing remaining was the bloody business of war, and that was in the hands of General George Washington.

For two days they edited and changed the wording of the declaration.  Finally, on the 4th of July 1776, there was agreement on the terms – the document was ready for the vote.  A final reading was ordered:

“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, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

A bold and majestic manifesto, a declaration of freedom for all men, unanimously adopted.  Men of proud vision and violent passion, they signed the charter of freedom with a bold and selfless vow:

“An for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

And so was born the United States of America.

Weary and tired, the delegates were anxious to leave.  First, a few last-minute details needed to be settled.

A committee to supervise the printing of the Declaration was elected and resolution passed to have copies sent for public reading to the assemblies of the newly independent states.  Copies were also sent to General Washington for proclamation to the Continental Army and to all the churches to be read on the first Lord’s day after it was received.

Before concluding this historic session on July 4th, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin were elected to prepare the official seal, the Great Seal of the newly united states.

On July 8, 1776 the Declaration of Independence would be read for the first time in public, announced by the ringing of the Liberty Bell.

What do resolve to do today?  Don’t wait until tomorrow, you have probably been putting it off….for too long.  Do it today and move forward.

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