In my congregation in Aldie, every year on the Sunday closest to Independence Day, we read aloud the entire Declaration of Independence. I do this because most people in the colonies would have heard about it first in church. It also helps to compare Jefferson's list of grievances against George III with today's government. "He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their sustinence." We close the service singing "America" (My Country 'Tis of Thee). I point out that it is no coincidence that the tune used is the same as Britain's national anthem and that the song reinforces whence our liberty comes and that we have no king save Almighty God. On the high seas, it is customary for ships to dip their flags in respectful greeting as they pass. The US Navy NEVER dips their flag first. For our President to bow before foreign rulers is nearly unbearable to this old Sailor.
Thanks for the insight Chaps. Great comment.
Interesting that the article on Patrick Henry states that he was involved in every phase of the founding. When in reality he gave up on the Constitution Convention and left before it was finished. There is no doubt he was a great man, but he gave up on the process that gave us our current system of government.
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