So I sort of missed most of the July 4th posts on tumblr. I meant to make the effort today to come and see how many flag waving patriots there are on my dash.
And I was so busy I never got around to it. Epic fail. Although technically if John Adams wrote:
"The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more".
Then I guess a lot of us missed the “true” date of Independence, so that makes me feel better. =D
I just hope that when people today in America were thinking back on how Independence came to be, they remembered that there were more people involved in making the break from Britain than Franklin and Jefferson and that George Washington wasn’t the only one fighting a war. John Adams was quite possibly the main factor in America declaring it’s Independence and without him who knows how long it would have been before America and Britain split, or even if at all? And whilst he never fought on a battlefield, he fought his fellow Congressmen, he battled with the French for treaties, he went time and time again to the Dutch to secure vital funds for America. He contended with the crossing of the Atlantic, the Channel and the various climates of the countries he had to venture to, all for the Cause.
Adams was a vain man, and he knew this and he knew the faults that lay in his character. He was often slighted by those around him, those who prospered from the achievements that were his alone, and yet were never fully recognised as such. He foresaw that history would not remember his achievements as well as those of his fellow patriots. And he knew that his Presidency would not be looked upon kindly.
But whether posterity just has yet to fully explore the Adams presidency, and recognise that here was man doing the best he could with what little he had been given, warring parties, war on the horizen (which he averted like most sensible people would do if they could spare their people dying), posterity should never, ever take for granted just how much John Adams contributed to American Independence and how he gave his whole life, his unwavering devotion to his United States of America.