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Thursday, June 22, 2017

HAPPY 246th USA

by Bob McDowell, Contributing Author: Yes, it has been a full 246 years since a group of men, representing the thirteen ‘colonies’ in the Continent of North America had been meeting in Philadelphia for some time. The reason for this meeting was to reach a decision on the future course of action in dealing with the British ‘Kingdom’ and the nefarious treatment they had been subjected to at the hands of the King and his military and commerce. The final decision was reached on July 2, 1776 and signed, and on July 4th it was announced on the steps of the building.

The result of this meeting was titled: "The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America."  In my opinion, as well as in many individuals in the ensuing years, the resulting document remains the most dignified, clear, and factual written notice of dissolution of ties between one group of people and their rulers in the history of the world. These men were truly inspired by GOD, and they must have been to have prepared and UNANIMOUSLY agreed on the final wording of the "Declaration."

Those stalwart gentlemen knew that by affixing their signatures to the document that they were going to be declared guilty of treason and subjected to the most serious penalties, including death, should British military succeed in capturing them. The final sentence of the Declaration reads: "And 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."  Indeed, some lost their lives in the battle for freedom and most lost their homes to fire and explosion, and some watched family members killed by the British Army.

Of course, given the slow pace of messages of the time, it was several months before the King received his copy of the Declaration and, probably, ‘blew a fuse’ ordering an all out war to ‘put down the insurrection’. Most of us who are older than 50 years learned in school about the "Revolutionary War" of several years duration; a situation reportedly not taught in school today.

In my opinion, the war should more properly have been titled the "War for Independence."  The forces of the King were fed and equipped to the best limits available at the time while the men in the "Continental Army" were fighting with their personally weapons and clothed mostly with their own clothes, and subsisting on whatever was available in the field.  We all know of the successful result of the  defense for our Independence, mostly due to the troops dedication and God's divine intervention in a number of instances including changing the weather.

So each year, we have set aside July 4 as the observance of the creation of what became the greatest, most prosperous, and most freedom for citizens nation in the history of the World. Our freedom has been looked to by oppressed people all over the World as a goal to become part of. And yet, there are still misguided or evil people who would do anything to bring down our form of government.

Unfortunately, individuals of that mind set seem to have infiltrated the oldest existing political party, The Democratic Party.  They have also made inroads into the Republican Party. It should be remembered that the Republican Party was not founded until the early 1850s and was for the sole purpose of the abolition of the onerous practice of Slavery. It fielded an unsuccessful Presidential candidate in the 1956 election and was victorious in the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln.

If we are to reclaim our lost freedoms and restore our prominence in the world, we must be willing to put forth the efforts exemplified by those signing the Declaration. We must be willing to rise up in indignation over the ‘mean-mouthed’ speaking of those in Party leadership as well those in the news media and entertainment industry.  One way to make our opinions and objections known, and felt, it to simply not patronize those appearing or the businesses who are their sponsors. A substantial reduction in popularity and thus finances should get their attention, or render them irrelevant.

Happy Birthday USA!!!
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Robert "Bob" McDowell, Jr. is a retired Professional Engineer and Geologist with over 50 years experience in creating drilling prospects, supervising drilling, well completion, production operation, and pipeline design for oil and gas including repair of problem wells. McDowell is a conservative activist and member of the Oklahoma Republican Assembly. He Contributes opinion and commentary articles to the ARRA News Service.

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