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@rlefraim wrote, "THOUGHTS ON THE 4TH OF JULY. — USA Independence Day

What is unique about the 4th of July 1776, is that it was not just a Declaration or Independence, but that it established something rather new in history. 1) #FourthofJuly
No, it did not instantly make a country perfect. It did not create world peace. It did not even solve any problems. 2)
What it did is state a few basic principles that would lead invariably to something better than what they started with. It initiated a process of change and established goals. 3)
Rights belonged to each citizen, given not by some elite or some King or some Government but by the Creator, rights that cannot be denied or revoked by leaders.

All men, created equal when it comes to said rights.

The right of people to demand those rights & fight for them. 4)
And sure, half the people who signed this declaration were slave owners, but they knew when the signed it, that by establishing those principles, slavery would have to end. 5)
So while the ignorant who seek to demean and find fault only and think they are idealists want to tear down statues and wipe away history, had they looked a bit further they might acquire a bit of understanding and wisdom about what made the USA great. 6)
Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, slaves he inherited, and a farm that was always close to bankruptcy. 7)
His costs housing his slaves & feeding them often meant a net loss financially, motivating Jefferson to write & sponsor 3 separate Bills in the Virginia Legislature demanding that slavery be banned from the Colony. Bills which were rejected by the British rulers at the time. 8)
Yet to the ignorant, Jefferson was just a bad guy. Same with George Mason, who wrote the Bill of Rights.
But don’t confuse emotional liberals who think they have a cause, who see the world just as the Taliban and ISIS do, destroy anything that does not fit with their limited world view and lack of education in favor of their beliefs and emotion. 10)
But perhaps there are a few who actually think. Perhaps they will learn somewhere that you have to judge people in the context of their time and place. 11)
And just maybe they will understand that the writings of Jefferson, Adams, Mason, and others, were what motivated the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, and then maybe they will wonder why Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican. 12)
But young people in the US seem to know nothing of US history. Nothing of how the KKK was affiliated with the Democratic Party. Nothing of how President Wilson segregated the army. & in more modern times, how Hillary Clinton called former KKK leader, Senator Byrd her mentor.
There is a reason why the Founders said that a Democratic republic requires an educated electorate, and without that, you have people demanding to change the names of schools and tear down statues. 14)
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