….and honoring those 56 brave men* who had the vision and strength of character to challenge authority and affix their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.
Before signing the Declaration of Independence, our Founders included this memorable line:
“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.”
* Click on each Declaration signer’s name for a brief biography.
On this momentous holiday, we gift our readers with, “This Fourth of July, why patriotism is worth defending,” by Kyle Smith — a New York Post columnist whose engaging style and reasoned approach has made him a newly found favorite. Do yourself a favor and get acquainted with his take on popular culture and politics.
Smith’s unique background includes serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Persian Gulf War, and with the Second Armored Cavalry Regiment in Saudi Arabia. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale.
This recent Gallup Poll indicates the level of pride in America has plummeted among our own citizens, with only 22% of Democrats saying they are “extremely proud,” down 10 points in one year. For their part, most Republicans have remained extremely proud of our country, though the latest 76% reading is 10 points below the high recorded in 2003. Even when Barack Obama was in office, Republicans’ extreme pride never fell below 68%.
Still, these latest numbers are catastrophic in a country that stands as a beacon of freedom to the world. They are indicative of the media’s extreme anti-Trump sentiment and the fact that the radical hippies who spat on our returning Vietnam vets have permeated our educational establishment, disparaging our history and negatively influencing successive generations. To ensure our nation’s survival, history and patriotism must be taught at home.
H/T Independence Hall Association (us history.org)