Representative Ervin-The Capitol Connection 7/2/2009

Posted: July 8, 2009 in Representative Doug Ervin, The Capitol Connection
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This is the July 2nd edition of Doug Ervin’s (MO-35) e-newsletter The Capitol Connection. There is no pertinent information in this edition but I do like what the Rep. Ervin did with it. He went back and gathered various quotes from people during and after the Revolution A good touch for July 4th.

The View from 1776

Words that stirred a people’s hearts towards independence:

“The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.”

Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

“The Sun never shined on a cause of greater worth.”

Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

“There is a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away.  There is a time to fight, and that time has now come.”

Rev. Peter Muhlenburg, sermon delivered at Woodstock, VA, January 1776

The resolution in Congress:

“Resolved:  That these colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states, that they are absolved of all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be, totally dissolved.

Richard Henry Lee, Resolution in Congress, June 7, 1776

The debate in Congress regarding independence:

“In my judgment it is not only ripe for the measure, but in danger of becoming rotten for the want of it.”

John Witherspoon, debate in Congress on the Declaration, July 1776

“Before God, I believe the hour has come.  My judgment approves this measure, and my whole heart is in it.  All that I have, and all that I am, and all that I hope in this life, I am now ready here to stake upon it.  And I leave off as I began, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration.  It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment.  Independence now, and Independence for ever!”

John Adams debating in Congress, July 1, 1776

The document that changed the world:

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 entitles them…

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.  That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among there 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…

…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.

Declaration of Independence, 1776

Signing the Declaration of Independence:

“There!  His Majesty can now read my name without glasses.  And he can double the reward on my head!”

John Hancock (attributed), upon signing the Declaration of Independence, July 1776

“My hand trembles, but my heart does not.”

Rhode Island Delegate Stephan Hopkins (attributed), at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, 1776

A charge for the fighting forces of America’s Continental Army:

“We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die:  Our Country’s own Honor, all call upon us for vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world.  Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the Supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions.”

George Washington, General Orders, July 2, 1776

Celebration and Remembrance:

“The second day of July, 1776 will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America, to be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival commemorated, as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever.”

John Adams, July 3, 1776

“The flames kindled on the 4th of July 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them.”

Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, September 12, 1821

After the Declaration of Independence was signed, success in the field of battle remained uncertain.  The year 1776 was arguably the darkest year of our history.  Another pamphlet, by necessity, was penned to stir the hearts of the Continentals and the militia to fight on:

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.  Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.  What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value.  Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.”

Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, December 23, 1776

As the United States of America moves beyond today:

“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

– Patrick Henry

“It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth — and listen to the song of that syren, till she transforms us into beasts.”

– Patrick Henry

“Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of.  Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution.  On you depend the fortunes of America.  You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn.  Act worthy of yourselves.”

– Dr. Joseph Warren

“The difference between the path toward greater freedom or bigger government is the difference between success and failure; between opportunity and coercion; between faith in a glorious future and fear of mediocrity and despair; between respecting people as adults, each with a spark of greatness, and treating them as helpless children to be forever dependent; between a drab, materialistic world where Big Brother rules by promises to special interest groups, and a world of adventure where everyday people set their sights on impossible dreams, distant stars, and the Kingdom of God. We have the true message of hope for America.”

– President Ronald Reagan, 1984

A fitting toast each and every Independence Day:

“Independence forever.”

– John Adams’s toast for the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1826

May God bless our men and women in uniform on missions throughout the world serving on our behalf and may He comfort those whose loss runs deep.

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