We are in the process of watching the series originally shown on HBO. I highly recommend it to any one.
Oh what a time that was at the birth of a nation!! To have been there, to have been able to participate or even just to observe the pain, the struggles, the sacrifices. From the lowliest field worker who suddenly found a musket thrust into his hand, the wives sending their sons off to fight for our nations future, even the wives of the great men of the time not being able to participate directly but helping the leaders that were their husbands craft their thoughts into history changing words leading to history changing deeds. Yes, I would have loved to be there.
A new nation. Not a beautiful thing, ugly actually. Still dealing with the moral pains of slavery to be a future cause of yet another great strife. No, not a beauty. But full of great promise with unheard of ideas that would shape the world. They had NO idea of the power in their hands, in their hearts, in their words. To be on that threshold, oh I cry for them even now.
Even now, we watch our nation changing before our very eyes. And it is these words in the Declaration of Independence that strikes the loudest chord with me at this time:
"accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."
Are we becoming too accustomed to the evils around us? How long have we been suffering, how long has our constitution been trampled on? Is it time?
"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new guards for their future security"
Our right. Our DUTY!