Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

More blogging later this weekend, but for now, my favorite John Adams quote:
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 Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. 
Sounds good to me.  


  1. So at least the Pomp and the Parade we have left...

    John Adams fought hard to abolish the freedom of speech and the due process during his presidency. Calling him "a gross hypocrite and an unprincipled oppressor" or ridiculing his corrupt administration in press would land you in jail.
    Adams also approved arbitrary imprisonment and deportations of persons deemed dangerous to the security of the country.

  2. I believe he was talking about the second of July when he said that, too :P