Independence Day, 2014

Posted a year ago on the Hillbilly at Harvard blog.  It’s a cloudy morning today, with heavy rain forecast for this afternoon and evening, thanks to hurricane Arthur, thankfully out to sea to our east.  Protocol says not to fly the flag in the rain, so I haven’t put it out.  But it’s still a day to remember the sacrifices of our Founders for the gift of Independence and Liberty.   You can get a glimpse of those travails from Jack E. Levin‘s brief, but beautifully illustrated, account of the Battle of Trenton: George Washington: The Crossing.

The Crossing


Hillbilly at Harvard

It’s a beautiful day on the river in Saxonville; nary a cloud in the deep blue sky.


Remember the real import of this Independence Day:

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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…

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