Friday, July 4, 2014



What The Fourth Of July Means
By Ronald Reagan
Originally Published in 1981 in Parade Magaine
For one who was born and grew up in the small towns of the Midwest, there is a special kind of nostalgia about the Fourth of July.
I remember it as a day almost as long-anticipated as Christmas. This was helped along by the appearance in store windows of all kinds of fireworks and colorful posters advertising them with vivid pictures.
No later than the third of July—sometimes earlier—Dad would bring home what he felt he could afford to see go up in smoke and flame. We’d count and recount the number of firecrackers, display pieces and other things and go to bed determined to be up with the sun so as to offer the first, thunderous notice of the Fourth of July.
I’m afraid we didn’t give too much thought to the meaning of the day. And, yes, there were tragic accidents to mar it, resulting from careless handling of the fireworks. I’m sure we’re better off today with fireworks largely handled by professionals. Yet there was a thrill never to be forgotten in seeing a tin can blown 30 feet in the air by a giant “cracker”—giant meaning it was about 4 inches long.
But enough of nostalgia. Somewhere in our growing up we began to be aware of the meaning of the day, and with that awareness came the birth of patriotism. July Fourth is the birthday of our nation. I believed as a boy, and believe even more today, that it is the birthday of the greatest nation on earth.
There is a legend about the day of our nation’s birth in the little hall in Philadelphia, a day on which debate had raged for hours. The men gathered there were honorable men hard-pressed by a king who had flouted the very laws they were willing to obey. Even so, to sign the Declaration of Independence was such an irretrievable act that the walls resounded with the words “treason, the gallows, the headsman’s ax,” and the issue remained in doubt.
The legend says that at that point a man rose and spoke. He is described as not a young man, but one who had to summon all his energy for an impassioned plea. He cited the grievances that had brought them to this moment and finally, his voice falling, he said, “They may turn every tree into a gallows, every hole into a grave, and yet the words of that parchment can never die. To the mechanic in the workshop, they will speak hope; to the slave in the mines, freedom. Sign that parchment. Sign if the next moment the noose is around your neck, for that parchment will be the textbook of freedom, the Bible of the rights of man forever.”
He fell back exhausted. The 56 delegates, swept up by his eloquence, rushed forward and signed that document destined to be as immortal as a work of man can be. When they turned to thank him for his timely oratory, he was not to be found, nor could any be found who knew who he was or how he had come in or gone out through the locked and guarded doors.
Well, that is the legend—but we do know for certain that 56 men, a little band so unique we have never seen their like since, had pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.
What manner of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists, 11 were merchants and tradesmen, and nine were farmers. They were soft-spoken men of means and education; they were not an unwashed rabble. They had achieved security but valued freedom more. Their stories have not been told nearly enough.
John Hart was driven from the side of his desperately ill wife. For more than a year, he lived in the forest and in caves before he returned to find his wife dead, his children vanished, his property destroyed. He died of exhaustion and a broken heart.
Carter Braxton of Virginia lost all his ships, sold his home to pay his debts, and died in rags. And so it was with Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Rutledge, Morris, Livingston, and Middleton.1
Nelson personally urged Washington to fire on his home and destroy it when it became the headquarters for General Cornwallis. Nelson died bankrupt.
But they sired a nation that grew from sea to shining sea. Five million farms, quiet villages, cities that never sleep, 3 million square miles of forest, field, mountain and desert, 227 million people with a pedigree that includes the bloodlines of all the world.
In recent years, however, I’ve come to think of that day as more than just the birthday of a nation. It also commemorates the only true philosophical revolution in all history.
Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government.
Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.
We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.
Happy Fourth of July.

Monday, May 19, 2014

JFK with Julie and Harry Belafonte


JFK with Julie and Harry Belafonte
May 19, 1962

This photo was taken 52 years ago on JFK's birthday  The photo below of JFK was taken at a birthday party hosted in New York city at Arthur Krim's apartment, and we see JFK chatting with Julie and Harry Belafonte.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Young Bill Clinton Shaking Hands with JFK


Young Bill Clinton 
Shaking Hands with JFK

Bill Clinton is pictured days before his seventeenth birthday, meeting President Kennedy at the White House.


Monday, February 3, 2014

President Reagan Farewell Speech


President Reagan Farewell Speech

Monday, January 27, 2014

Ronald Reagan On Johnny Carson Show 1975


Ronald Reagan On Johnny Carson Show
1975

Friday, October 25, 2013

Paul McCartney Live At The White House


Paul McCartney
Live At The White House

Monday, August 26, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

President Obama and The Bush President's


President Obama and The Bush President's


In this first photo we see President Obama meeting with former U.S. President, George H.W. Bush on January 30, 2010 in the Oval Office.



In this next image (below) we see President Obama meeting in the Oval Office with former U.S. Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton on January 16, 2010. "President Obama called on the two former Presidents to help with the situation in Haiti. During their public remarks in the Rose Garden, President Clinton had said about President Bush, 'I've already figured out how I can get him to do some things that he didn't sign on for.' Later, back in the Oval Office, President Bush is jokingly asking President Clinton what were those things he had in mind"


Monday, February 11, 2013

Jimmy Carter & Bill Clinton


Jimmy Carter & Bill Clinton


This first image shows President Jimmy Carter and Governor Bill Clinton meeting in the White House Blue Room on December 1, 1978.



This next image show former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter with Bill Clinton. 34 years after the photo above was taken.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

JFK Campaigning On Horseback


JFK Campaigning On Horseback



This rare photo shows JFK wearing a suit and tie, on horseback, wile campaigning in Sioux City, Iowa on September 22, 1960. Somebody dared JFK to get on the horse, and he took their dare. Actually, it was a mule, but what a fascinatingly bizarre photo.

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