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Independence Day - A Grand Accomplishment

Independence Day - A Grand Accomplishment

One of my favorite subjects in school was American History. Sadly today, the real stories of the time are somewhat marginalized and perhaps taught more as bullet points of dates and people. One man that we have all heard of,  is a true connoisseur of both the facts and the grand stories of our true beginning as a nation, is Newt Gingrich, an accomplished history professor. While some of the stories are hard to separate from the politics of the day, the human parts are truly inspiring.

We celebrate this most significant day in our history with fireworks and the waving of sparklers and flags. But rarely do we think of those brave and courageous souls that brought the birth of our country into being. And despite the amazing disagreements of how it should be cared for, even today, it survives the hardiest of tempests.

In the room below, famous characters of different political persuasions sat in the same room and argued the details of our future. One thing was agreed upon, that we should be free of oppression and able to run our own affairs with dignity and pride. These great men voted that we shall govern ourselves with Liberty, Freedom and Justice and to form a more perfect union of our states and territories.

So it was on that day in 1776, the agreement was made and the people of our land would live to be free, while oppressors would soon test it, time and time again. The good news is we had our freedom but the bad news was that there was to be a great cost that would be paid many times over in our history, to preserve it. And that Price was paid gladly. Let's All Respect It and Be Proud!


Happy 4th of July


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Comment balloon 38 commentsWilliam Johnson • July 01 2017 08:20PM


hi William- I wish that all Americans could visit not just DC but all of our other wonderful historic sites.  When we lived in Northern VA, we used every spare minute visiting Gettysburg, Arlington and other wonderful sites. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 3 years ago

William one of my favorite subjects has been history, world history followed by our own history and sadly you are right one can not express and learn it via Twitter's how many characters?:)Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 3 years ago

Those are amazing thoughts about the struggle for independence and the journey to keep it, William!  The hard part in today's world is really knowing who the hardy tempests are.  They hide so handily behind curtains of special interest money given to political interests.

Don't make yourself so scarce William Johnson.  You are sorely missed on ActiveRain.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 3 years ago

This is a very timely post for this holiday weekend.  Good to see you back in the Rain.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 3 years ago


I echo Myrl Jeffcoat , we miss you and your stellar photography.  I have always loved history, and thank you for reminding us of our American history.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 3 years ago

Hi Kathy Streib , There is something so amazing in all of our historical monuments and museums through out the entire country. I love seeing and visiting as many as possible and each one is a new inspiration and connects many more dots in our national story. 

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 3 years ago

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. , You sure have that right. There are so many wonderful stories out there that are both inspiring and poignant and they all fascinate me. I hope you have a wonderful 4th.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 3 years ago

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat , thank you for your wonderful comments. We will have to catch up one of these days on a phone call. Nothing really new here except perhaps a little more incite in our world.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 3 years ago

Hi Belinda Spillman , Thank you so much, I know I should be here a bit more and I will try to do that. Happy 4th!

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 3 years ago

Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel , thank you so much for your kind and gracious comment. I guess I just need to focus more on being here and contributing to the ActiveRain story. Have a great 4th!

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 3 years ago

William I was so happy that Belinda Spillman reblogged your post! It is so nice to see you in the rain again.  Hope you can spend more time here - you've been missed.  Happy 4th of July!!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) over 3 years ago

Hi Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS , Thank you so much. With so much encouragement, I guess I better get my act together and start posting more often. Many Thanks Again and have a wonderful July 4th holiday. 

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 3 years ago

Oh, I abolutely love this, William Johnson - it's so sad but, true that we seem to have commercialized everything and minimized the vast lessons that we should all know and keep near and dear to our souls. For those brave souls gave us the freedoms which we so enjoy each and every minute of each and every day!

I hope you enjoy your Independence Day!  And, keep posting in the Rain - I love having you back, William!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 3 years ago

Hi William - Thanks for your very thoughtful post on the real importance of the upcoming holiday, and the people who made our country and our freedom possible.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 3 years ago

William,  What a wonderful post and great reminder of what this holiday is all about!

Posted by Gordon Crawford, Your Morris County Specialist! (Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team) over 3 years ago

Thank you, William, for reminding us of our country's history. I think many have forgotten and perhaps do not appreciate what this holiday truly means, Hope you will be visiting more regularly!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 3 years ago

Sometimes I forget to acknowledge it as a Grand thing but it's a good idea and happy Fourth of July

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 3 years ago

Oh say can you see by the dawns early light is not just a song but a life-changing pause in the heart-start of this country. It's been beating strongly ever since. Fourth of July? BBQ? Cold Beers? Friends gathering? Actually bombs were bursting in air & people were dying. We live in the aftermath of all that sacrifice

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) over 3 years ago

Good blog, William Johnson . Unfortunately, a growing percentage of our population would rather spend their time second-guessing the actions of our founders. Have a great Independence Day!

Posted by Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty and Management) over 3 years ago

I love history and my hubby does as well.  We live in America's Historic Triangle, Williamsburg, Yorktown and the Jamestown settlement.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) over 3 years ago

Well said William.  They should listen to the words of the national anthem before the fireworks start. Yes Sir it is about more than a barbeque and fireworks.

Posted by Dana Basiliere, Making deals "Happen" (Rossi & Riina Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Back in the 1960's when  my husband and his sister and their two  families spent 6 weeks together in the Charleston, SC area, the three British cousins and four American cousins were playing together, and they asked," Who were the good guys?"  "Who were the bad guys?" The American cousins came from the North, and the British cousins had grandparents in the South. So it was the Americans versus the British, and the North versus the South. We all needed to brush up and spend more time learning about our histories even though the cousins ranged in age from 3 to 9  years old at the time. When special holidays and events accur we all need to take more time to think about the real meaning of the events from the past and to honor them.  They were also shown a copy of the Declaration  of Independence signed by one of their Ancestors, Arthur Middleton. Now that's another story.    Thank you William.

Posted by Nancy Middleton, Nancy Middleton, Counselor Realty, Minnetonka, MN (Counselor Realty, Inc.) over 3 years ago

Sitting on historical boards in my area has taught me so much about the Revolutionary War that was fought right here. A local researcher discovered that Gen Howe's HQ was near what is now a shopping center in Hockessin, DE. The British occupied Wilmington DE and Kennett Square PA. Local Quakers were very unpopular because they would not join the Continentals or help the cause. Much suffering was caused when thousands of soldiers took horses, crops, and anything they could get their hands on. We have so much to be gratetful for because of the actions of  these brave citizens. As John Adams said,  “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 Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

Posted by Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS (Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Happy Independence Day William, I hope that you and your family all have an enjoyable week!

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 3 years ago

Nice to see you here William Johnson!

Happy Independence Day - and hope we can meet when I am in San Diego area next time (August 6-8 - so it is just about a month!)

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 3 years ago

I've stood in that room in Philadelphia that you have a picture of. It really is quite moving to be there and imagine what took place in the very room. Happy 4th of July and God bless America and may the memory of those who died that we may celebrate this day be eternal. 

Posted by Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA, Providing the integrity and service you deserve. (Future Home Realty) over 3 years ago

A beautiful tribute to the birth of our country! Well written, I really enjoyed this!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 3 years ago

Thank you Sir for sharing.. May God continue to bless this great Nation!!

Posted by Robert Hicks (United Country River City Realty) over 3 years ago

Good Morning Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA , Thank you for such a wonderful comment and through your words, I can feel the Pride and sincerity of your story. I wish you and others that have so much to share could bring these stories to light the way for the younger generations that are missing  much of the spirit that must be preserved. Thank you Carolyn.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 3 years ago

Great Post  William Johnson, Thank you for sharing & bringing this day into focus. The feats accomplished in our Country's history are truly amazing, and the foresight that founded our freedom is even more awesome as they still manage stand today. 

Hope you have a Great 4th of July.


Posted by Bruce Kunz, REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale (C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100) over 3 years ago

Thanks for this wonderful post William Johnson. Just like with Christmas, the true meaning of these two special days are almost or completely lost on so many people.  Thank you for the reminder of what the Fourth of July represents and means to us and this country.  Enjoy your holiday!

Posted by Greg Mona, Professional Real Estate Representation for YOU! (eXp Realty) over 3 years ago

Althought the US is so deeply divided now, it's still a great country and time to celebrate our independence!

Posted by Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR, Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes) over 3 years ago

The Declaration of Independence turned world opinion in our favor as did the gettsberg Address in supporting the North's fight to preserve the union and end slavery. Two great documents and few anywhere can match them.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 3 years ago

Dear William,

In our area, we have thousands of visitors each year, who want to learn more about our Nation's beginning history. From this perspective, there is still great interest. And to think that a volcanic eruption in Iceland may have started all of this.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) over 3 years ago

Our educational system from primary to secondary needs radical improvement. Unfortunately, the leaders who choose the curriculum are biased with their ideology and thus our children's' education, IMO, is woefully inadequate. 

We live in a Blessed nation and many are grateful for being an American, yet, how many are patriots? May God Bless the USA and the patriots who appreciate the home of the brave and the land of the free. Happy 4th of July. 

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) over 3 years ago

Amazing what can't be accomplished with a shared goal even if they disagreed about the methodology or even the specific outcome. THey had a shared vision that islacking now 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 3 years ago

It is amazing how we can loose our understanding of history. It is often not repeated or even re-written to fit a new direction.

Thank you for the great reminder of the original intent.

May God bless America.

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA over 3 years ago

I think it is hard for any of us to really know what was going through their hearts and minds in those turbulent times. The bravery required to stand up to the known and pursue the unknown, to start afresh. Like anything, as time passes things change and need to be adapted, we need those today who will stand bravely and speak out for what is right, not what is politic.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) over 3 years ago

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