From Patrick McGrady:
First, a Harvard Story: A new Harvard study says that if a child attends an Independence Day Parade (before age 18) and the weather is clear, he/she is 2% more likely to grow up and be a Republican. The Study can be found here if you are interested:
LINK Let’s hope for beatiful weather on Monday 🙂
This Independence Day, I pray that Americans all across our Nation remember the sacrifice of the early Americans who fought against tyranny to satisfy their need to be free!
The Bel Air Independence Day Celebration usually involves such things as frog jumping contests and pancake breakfasts, and these are all well and good– but they surely do not teach our children and grandchildren about what makes America special.
If you find yourself in Bel Air on Monday, July 4 any time from 9am-Noon, stop by the Hays House located at 324 S Kenmore Avenue (across from Bel Air High School).
Cindy and I (and other volunteers) will be inviting passers-by to use a real feather quill to write 15 words from the Declaration of Independence. The second feature will allow anyone to put on a Patriotic cap and read a short verse of Patriotic Prose to cheering fans. It will be fun, and our way to promote American principles.
Caesar Rodney is an American Founding Father who’s story is often overlooked in lieu of more famous FFs like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but his influence was just as great.
Here is a quick story about Rodney, put together by my friend Derek Howell. Derek is currently working with the Institution on the Constutition. The website for IOTC can be found here:http://www.theamericanview.com/
Now, here’s the story:
American Founding Father, Caesar Rodney, is unfortunately forgotten by many textbook writers today. Nonetheless, Caesar Rodney’s midnight ride to Philadelphia forever changed American history and gave us independence from Great Britain. The following quickly recounts Caesar Rodney’s important role in American Independence.
On June 30, 1776, a motion for independence was put forward in the Continental Congress. Debates continued into July 1, 1776. A vote was held whereby nine colonies voted for independence, two colonies, Pennsylvania and South Carolina voted against independence, one colony, New York, abstained from the vote, and one colony, Delaware, was split on its vote. Delaware sent three delegates to the Continental Congress: Thomas McKean, George Read and Caesar Rodney.
Caesar Rodney, however, was not present June 30 – July 1, 1776, because he was performing his militia duties as Brigadier General of the Delaware militia. Thus, Delaware’s tied voted was between McKean, who voted for independence, and Read, who voted against independence.
Although the Continental Congress had enough support to carry a motion declaring independence, it did not want to go forward with such declaration without unanimous support from the colonies. A dispatch rider was sent to notify Caesar Rodney of Delaware’s tied vote. The rider reached Rodney at almost midnight on July 1, 1776. Without delay, Caesar Rodney got on his horse and rode approximately 80 miles, thru the night, to Philadelphia.
Caesar Rodney’s midnight ride to Philadelphia would have been a strenuous ride for just about anyone, but it was even more taxing on Rodney who was of ill heath; suffering from, among other things, asthma and cancer of the jaw.
It is believed that Caesar Rodney was told of a physician in London who could treat his cancer. However, if Rodney were to vote for independence, he would be branded a traitor and considered to have committed treason against the Crown.
As history records, Caesar Rodney gave up the possibility of receiving medical treatment in London because he pledged his life, fortune and sacred honor for American Independence. Rodney arrived in Philadelphia on the afternoon of July 2, 1776, in enough time to cast his vote for independence; breaking Delaware’s tied vote. South Carolina and Pennsylvania changed their vote and voted for independence. New York still abstained from voting on the basis that its delegates had no specific instructions, but the Continental Congress now had its unanimous support for independence from all the voting colonies. You can find an image of Caesar Rodney on the 1999 U.S. Delaware Quarter.
As you can see, Caesar Rodney should get more credit in the Declaration of Independence from tyranny! Tell somebody about him over your Independence Day Barbecue Celebration!