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Old 07-04-2018, 06:57 AM   #1
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Happy Independence Day America!!!

Hoping those who celebrate have a grand (and safe) day! We're not planning much. DS working. I'll probably fire up the smoker and toss in a slab of beef ribs. I do need to stop by my local micro-brewery as I am out of IPA.

FWIW, I always believed that July 4th should be a commemorative day, while Oct 19th as a cause for a celebratory occasion. It was Oct 19, 1781 when Cornwallis surrendered. Between those dates, America came close to losing the Revolutionary War on several occasions. As you enjoy the holiday, keep in mind the sacrifices paid by so many, that allow us to chart our destinies, largely unfettered by the government we put into power.

As a nation, we are far from perfect. But, as an idea, we just ROCK!! Happy Birthday America!!!
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Red Badger, nice post and have a great holiday to all E-R members. Too hot here for much outside, under an excessive heat advisory with heat index 105-110F.
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Hoping those who celebrate have a grand (and safe) day! We're not planning much. DS working. I'll probably fire up the smoker and toss in a slab of beef ribs. I do need to stop by my local micro-brewery as I am out of IPA.

FWIW, I always believed that July 4th should be a commemorative day, while Oct 19th as a cause for a celebratory occasion. It was Oct 19, 1781 when Cornwallis surrendered. Between those dates, America came close to losing the Revolutionary War on several occasions. As you enjoy the holiday, keep in mind the sacrifices paid by so many, that allow us to chart our destinies, largely unfettered by the government we put into power.

As a nation, we are far from perfect. But, as an idea, we just ROCK!! Happy Birthday America!!!
I was thinking of the sacrifice this morning - and to think that a third of Washington's men battled through the winter with no shoes.
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We became a country of great opportunity and freedom because of our patriots. I have been truly blessed and lucky to have my retired life lived with the protection of our Armed Forces and allies. Happy 4th of July from the Battle Born State of Nevada!
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I am proud of my country, proud to have served my country and proud to say I am an American!!!!!

It saddens me to read a recent poll that most younger people are not at all proud of America or proud to be Americans
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With a little time on my hands, today I spent more than two hours reading the annotated Declaration of Independence on Wikipedia.

Possibly the most appreciated read in the past several years. IMHO worthy of a full years college course... perhaps mandatory.

How soon we forget.
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We had a July 4 party and prepared a Jeopardy game with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as two of the topics. I had not thought about how wise our Founding Fathers were for a while.

For the first time in a long time, we brought in BBQ rather than making the food ourselves. Far less stressful and very good. Only cost us $150 or so more than if we had bought the food and cooked it ourselves. Well worth it for a stress free party!
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With a little time on my hands, today I spent more than two hours reading the annotated Declaration of Independence on Wikipedia.

Possibly the most appreciated read in the past several years. IMHO worthy of a full years college course... perhaps mandatory.

How soon we forget.
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I had the great fortune of having a brilliant history professor while completing my undergrad (in my 30's). He sparked a fire in me that grows today. I've read many books about the founding of our great and blessed country, with an emphasis on the constitution /constitutional convention.

As a small example of how they got it so near perfect, just look how many Supreme Court decisions hang on just the Bill of Right. Without those ten simple changes, America would be a very different place (I think it might a much darker place w/o those ten rights).
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One thing i found amazing that illustrates just how "young" this country is...

Someone in their 80's (of which there are many) has lived 1/3 of its history!
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One thing i found amazing that illustrates just how "young" this country is...

Someone in their 80's (of which there are many) has lived 1/3 of its history!
Definitely something to ponder.

My grandparents were all born long before powered flight was invented. A couple of them lived to fly on commercial jet aircraft and one watched men walk on the moon.

As a German friend once put it, the difference between Americans and Europeans is that one thinks 200 years is a long time and the other thinks that 200 miles is a long distance.
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I remember Paul Harvey telling the story on how the word Yankee came about . During the early days of our country New York city was known as New Amsterdam because of all the Dutch . Now it seemed the British did not like the Dutch and often made fun of them . Because the most common Dutch name at the time was Jon and the Dutch were always eating cheese . . The British called them a bunch a bunch of Jon Cheese . When the Dutch said it , they pronounced it as Yon-kees . The Dutch took it as a somewhat compliment So they became Yankee Doodle Dandies
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