Renewing the American Spirit

Patriot Week begins on 9/11 and ends on 9/17 (the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution (Constitution Day)) and renews America’s spirit by celebrating the First Principles, Founding Fathers and other Patriots, vital documents and speeches, and flags that make America the greatest nation in world history. Many of current holidays have become overly commercialized or have lost their deeper meaning. We need to invigorate our appreciation and understanding of America’s spirit. This blog is dedicated to keeping the spirit of Patriot Week - and America - alive all year long.....

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Committee Appointed, A Declaration To Be

On this date in 1776, the Second Continental Congress appointed a five member to draft a Declaration of Independence.  The Committee Members included Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson.  Adams explained to Jefferson why Jefferson was required to draft the Declaration of Independence: “Reason first – You are a Virginian, and a Virginian ought to appear at the head of this business. Reason second – I am obnoxious, suspected and unpopular. You are very much otherwise. Reason third – You can write ten times better than I can.” It was a fateful decision.

Adams was truly the leading Patriot to the independence, and was well known for his ego.  However, he knew his place - he had to submerge his personal feelings in favor of the greater cause of the Revolution.  He turned to Jefferson to carry the argument forward.Jefferson, who had become a famous author with a prior work, A Summary View  of the Rights of British America (1774), expressed the American sentiment in terms that would become perhaps the most famous words in world history.

For more about Jefferson and Adams, check out Patriot Week and America's Survival Guide.


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  2. Dear Judge Warren -
    So many should be so grateful that our founding fathers were able to put principles above personalities and really grasp the "big picture"
    Judge, you provide a very valuable service and lesson to us all for establishing and acting upon a code of conduct that is based on high standards and a deep and abiding faith in something bigger than ourselves.
    Thank you very much !!