Shabbat shalom! Another crazy week in the news, but I am taking a break from it all, and enjoying my family in Virginia this weekend. I hope you all have a great holiday weekend!
The Declaration of Independence was actually finalized on July 2, but subsequent to that the congress spent 2 further days debating and revising the wording of the Declaration to remove its vigorous denunciation of the slave trade, finally approving it two days later on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
“The second day of July 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
Based on the Jan 6 hearings, we came very close to losing what’s left of our diminishing democracy by the devious hand of the orange turd and his enablers. I will leave you with this image, based on the compelling Hutchinson hearing this last week:
Let’s be careful out there!