The work and accomplishments of John Adams, though pivotal for the United States of America, are not always understood and appreciated.
This video shows the key role he played in creating support for the Declaration of Independence.
As Patriotic Moms, are we preparing young patriots who will be able to eloquently defend liberty in America?
“Objects of the most stupendous magnitude. Mirrors which will effect the lives of millions, born and unborn are now before us. We must expect a great expense of blood and pain, but we must always remember that a free constitution of civil government can not be purchased at too dear a rate as there is nothing on this side of Jerusalem of greater importance to mankind.
"My worthy colleague from Pennsylvania, has spoken with great ingenuity and eloquence. He has given you a grim prognostication of our national future, but where he foresees apocalypse, I see hope. I see a new nation ready to take its place in the world, not an empire, but a republic and a republic of laws, not men. Gentlemen, we are in the very midst of revolution, the most complete, unexpected and remarkable in the history of the world.
"How few of the human race have every had an opportunity of choosing a system of government for themselves and for their children?
"I am not without apprehensions gentlemen, but the end we have in sight is more than worth all the means. My believe says that the hour has come, my judgment approves this measure and my whole heart is in it. All that I have, all that I am and all I that I hope in this life I am now ready to stake upon it.
"While I live, let me have a country. A free country!”
It took great courage, faith, and conviction. And they weren't sure what the outcome would be. But 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence, pledging their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor in support of freedom. We continue to be blessed by their noble sacrifice today.
This clip from the HBO miniseries "John Adams" gives us a glimpse of that historic moment.
Sometimes the heroes of history look larger than life.
It can even appear as if they didn’t have to deal with the challenges and adversity the rest of us face.
From our perspective, after the fact, it can seem as if the exhausting battles they fought were almost easy and that defeat was never really an option.
Nothing can be farther from reality.
They valiantly sacrificed for freedom even as they faced great challenges, including their own weaknesses. They were true when the outlook was bleak. They were willing to pledge their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor when it looked like they would lose everything they held dear - and some of them did.
May we also be true, and pay the price to preserve liberty, as we rise to the times in which we live!
Glimpses Into the Lives of John and Abigail Adams
Americans today still reap blessings from the sacrifices made by John and Abigail Adams. Born at a pivotal time in history, they rose to the incredible challenges of their day. Their example as a couple, and as Americans, is inspiring.
God Save the American States!
We owe our liberty to the courageous men and women who were willing to sacrifice all they had for an uncertain future in a free land rather than live under the shadow of an oppressive government.
This is another episode from HBO's "John Adams." John Adams' birthday is coming up on October 30.
John Adams: Founding Father and American Hero
John Adams’ courage, intellect, wisdom, and honesty are legendary. He willingly sacrificed his own comfort and desires in order to help shape the great American legacy of liberty. As his birthday is on October 30, this week is a good time to learn a little about this great statesman and patriot. Here is a 90 second introduction to an American hero.
"Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned, and bought it for us, at the expence of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.
"And liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have right from the frame of their nature, to knowledge, as their great Creator who does nothing in vain, has given them understandings, and a desire to know -- but besides this they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible divine right to that most dreaded, and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers.
"Rulers are no more than attorneys, agents and trustees for the people; and if the cause, the interest and trust is insidiously betray'd, or wantonly trifled away, the people have a right to revoke the authority, that they themselves have deputed, and to constitute abler and better agents, attorneys and trustees. And the preservation of the means of knowledge, among the lowest ranks, is of more importance to the public, than all the property of all the rich men in the country." ~ John Adams