We call it partisanship. It’s actually a ploy to continue to divide in order to project implied power.
If the leaders of the states practiced partisanship to the level we experience today, we would be singing “God Save the Queen” as our national anthem.
However, when a people are pushed to the limit of their endurance and governed with oppression, undue taxation, and arrested without due process, the desire of each person to live free swells to a fever pitch.
July 2, 1776
Finally, they had reached the turning point. The proposed resolution for independence was a step into the future. No matter how rough or dangerous the road ahead is, they must go forward together and show the world a united front.
The divided colonies need to put aside their differences and rivalries and form a strong union. They need to make a treaty with a foreign country which could supply them with munitions.
The debates had divided the delegates over boundaries, taxation and representation as well as whether Congress should have the right to limit the size of the states or have jurisdiction over the Indians and if they should be regulated by Congress.
Before the Congress could consider these issues, they must achieve independence first.
It was raining again on July 2nd and the Congress nervously anticipated the vote on the question of independence. It was late in the afternoon and the delegates tired of waiting all day for all the delegates to be present.
The Secretary of Congress read the resolution to declare independence. It contained three clauses that would dissolve all connection with the mother country and become free and independent states – to form a confederation – to secure alliances. Hearing no objections, after three weeks of debate, the Secretary called the role…
After the final tally was made, twelve colonies had voted and all twelve were in favor of independence, with New York abstaining. Any olive branch offered by Britain would now be on the point of a bayonet.
The shocking discovery of the plot to assassinate General Washington and his key officers was still the topic of discussion around the port of New York. General Washington had approved the sentence of hanging for one of his favorite bodyguards involved in the plot. It was carried out only 4 days earlier.
For days now, the harbor around New York received more and more British and mercenary ships with soldiers ordered to stop the rebellion in America.
Fully aware of the discussions and debates by Congress, General Washington assembled his rag-tag troops. In silence, the militia men stood within sight of the growing number of ships in the harbor. Washington let them know it was now about time for them to determine if Americans were to be free men or slaves.
Are in it for you? Or do you work to resolve your difference? Sometimes we can’t reach agreement so do you give in or stick to your principles?
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