Monday, July 04, 2005

July 4th!!!

Well here it is again. The day to celebrate the greatest country in the world. But what are we celebrating? It seems that sense 9/11, we, that is USA, have not been that great. Not because we discovered that we where not as safe as we always thought we were, but because of our reaction to 9/11. We truely have become the tyrant that other countries have always said we were.All in the name of "Freedom & Justice".
This country seems to have been suffering from a moral decay for decades, at least all my life. As I look back in my world history books I find parallels between our decay and the fall of other great nations/states. The Roman Empire being the best and best know example. While the Roman Empire did survive the fall of Roman it was the internal decay that lead to it.
For a moment after 9/11, we become what we always should be one nation. We were not Irish American, African American, or Native American, but simply Americans. We put aside everything else to be a nation. But now we have reverted to the nation of TV watching morons we were before. Doesn't anybody realise there is a war going on. US military are suffering and dying. But we treated like a big budget movie. It leads me to worry about my country.
My main worry is that no one thinks of the consequences of there action. Because of our "Freedom" we don't think about how our action effect others and future generations. Still I know the day is coming when hard choices have to be made. Some "Freedoms" will have to be given up. Like our "Freedom" to drive gas guzzaling trucks and monster station wagons aka SUVs. Change it is the only constant in this world. I just hope we change for the better and don't enter a new dark ages.
Having said that, I do love this country and I do think it is the greatest country in the world. I love the idea and ideals of the USA.
That is truely is the beacon to the whole of the world. We might not be perfect but tell man evolves into a higher conscience, its the best we got.
Now I am going to shut up and go have a beer.
End of Rant, Happy Fuck'n Fourth of July & God Bless the USA!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Lindsey Lughes said...

Amen, Ian. I agree completely and I'm glad I'm not the only one who has a little rant about America on the 4th (isn't it a bit blasphemous? ha ha). Hope you're enjoying your beer :)

12:33 PM  
Blogger Raymond Dean said...

We now have men leading our nation who cower in holes and bunkers during attacks on our nation. We've come along way, baby.


THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
THE SIGNERS

Have you ever wondered what happened to the fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence? This is the price they paid:

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the revolutionary army, another had two sons captured. Nine of the fifty-six fought and died from wounds or hardships resulting from the Revolutionary War.

These men signed, and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor!

What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants. Nine were farmers and large plantation owners. All were men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty could be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers or both, looted the properties of Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

Perhaps one of the most inspiring examples of "undaunted resolution" was at the Battle of Yorktown. Thomas Nelson, Jr. was returning from Philadelphia to become Governor of Virginia and joined General Washington just outside of Yorktown. He then noted that British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headqurt, but that the patriot's were directing their artillery fire all over the town except for the vicinity of his own beautiful home. Nelson asked why they were not firing in that direction, and the soldiers replied, "Out of respect to you, Sir." Nelson quietly urged General Washington to open fire, and stepping forward to the nearest cannon, aimed at his own house and fired. The other guns joined in, and the Nelson home was destroyed. Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis's Long Island home was looted and gutted, his home and properties destroyed. His wife was thrown into a damp dark prison cell without a bed. Health ruined, Mrs. Lewis soon died from the effects of the confinement. The Lewis's son would later die in British captivity, also.

"Honest John" Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she lay dying, when British and Hessian troops invaded New Jersey just months after he signed the Declaration. Their thirteen children fled for their lives. His fields and his grist mill were laid to waste. All winter, and for more than a year, Hart lived in forests and caves, finally returning home to find his wife dead, his chidrvanished and his farm destroyed. Rebuilding proved too be too great a task. A few weeks later, by the spring of 1779, John Hart was dead from exhaustion and a broken heart.

Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

New Jersey's Richard Stockton, after rescuing his wife and children from advancing British troops, was betrayed by a loyalist, imprisoned, beaten and nearly starved. He returned an invalid to find his home gutted, and his library and papers burned. He, too, never recovered, dying in 1781 a broken man.

William Ellery of Rhode Island, who marveled that he had seen only "undaunted resolution" in the faces of his co-signers, also had his home burned.

Only days after Lewis Morris of New York signed the Declaration, British troops ravaged his 2,000-acre estate, butchered his cattle and drove his family off the land. Three of Morris' sons fought the British.

When the British seized the New York houses of the wealthy Philip Livingston, he sold off everything else, and gave the money to the Revolution. He died in 1778.

Arthur Middleton, Edward Rutledge and Thomas Heyward Jr. went home to South Carolin tight. In the British invasion of the South, Heyward was wounded and all three were captured. As he rotted on a prison ship in St. Augustine, Heyward's plantation was raided, buildings burned, and his wife, who witnessed it all, died. Other Southern signers suffered the same general fate.

Among the first to sign had been John Hancock, who wrote in big, bold script so George III "could read my name without spectacles and could now double his reward for 500 pounds for my head." If the cause of the revolution commands it, roared Hancock, "Burn Boston and make John Hancock a beggar!"

Here were men who believed in a cause far beyond themselves.

Such were the stories and sacrifices of the America revolution. These were not wild eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this Declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

2:13 PM  

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