“In a democracy, the individual enjoys not only the ultimate power but carries the ultimate responsibility.” ~ Norman Cousins
A little over a week ago I was honored to be able to tag-a-long on a field trip with my grandson’s first grade class. The memory of 48 extremely active and very noisy little boys will never be forgotten. Nor will the tour.
The tour was of historical Philadelphia and it started where the birth of our great nation took place.
As I was sitting on the tour vehicle at the corner of Chestnut St. and 5th St. in Philadelphia Pa. waiting for the nose count of the active boys to balance out, and above the trees, I noticed the top of Independence Hall as seen below.
I’ve seen it before, even toured it, but as I sat there on this cool, dreary fall day I could almost see Franklin, Madison, Adams and the other founders of our country discussing the exact wording, the ideals, the philosophies …. arguing, negotiating, pleading perhaps, but in the end they AGREED.
From Wikipedia – Here’s a bit about Independence Hall –
From May 10, 1775 to 1783, the Pennsylvania State House served as the principal meeting place of the Second Continental Congress, a body of representatives from each of the thirteen British North American colonies.
On June 14, 1775, delegates of the Continental Congress nominated George Washington as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army in the Assembly Room of the Pennsylvania State House. The Congress appointed Benjamin Franklin to be the first Postmaster General of what would later become the United States Post Office Department on July 26.
The United States Declaration of Independence was approved there on July 4, 1776, and the Declaration was read aloud to the public in the area now known as Independence Square. This document unified the colonies in North America who declared themselves independent of the Kingdom of Great Britain and explained their justifications for doing so.
What these very intelligent men produced were masterpieces that have been the foundation of this great land and these masterpieces have been enhanced, very carefully and deliberately, by future generations to give all us the opportunity to speak as whole. They gave US a voice.
The opportunity to use your voice comes this Tuesday, Nov 6th.
This blog is not meant to ever be political ….. but I will urge you to VOTE your heart, and probably more importantly, vote your mind on Tuesday … it is your right. Many have died protecting this right for YOU!
May God Bless this GREAT country.