Happy 4th … Some fun facts

4thofJuly (1)It was actually on July 2, 1776, that America gained its independence. So why do we celebrate on July 4?
Keep clicking to find out from Kenneth C. Davis, author of the “Don’t Know Much About” book series.

( 2)”The fact is that John Adams wrote home to Abigail on the 3rd that this day, July 2nd will go down in history,” Davis explained on “CBS This Morning,” “We’ll celebrate it with parades and pomp and bells ringing and fireworks. And it was because Congress actually ruled it in favor of independence on July 2. But it was two days later, of course, that Congress then accepted Jefferson’s declaration, explaining the vote two days before that really got fixed in the America’s imagination as our birthday. July 2nd should be Independence Day.”
(3)Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on a “laptop,” a kind of writing desk that could fit on one’s lap.
(4) Did you know Thomas Jefferson changed the wording of the Declaration of Independence from “the pursuit of property” to “the pursuit of happiness”?
“Jefferson did not come up with these words out of thin air,” Davis said on “CBS This Morning.” “These were words and ideas that had been floating around for a very long time. Other people had written about things like ‘the pursuit of property.’ Jefferson, I think can say we say happily changed that to the ‘pursuit of happiness’.”

(5) John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826. Davis explained, “That may be the most extraordinary coincidence in all of history. On the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the declaration…the two giants of the declaration both died. … Jefferson died first. Adams was alive, of course, in Massachusetts. He didn’t know that Jefferson had died but said, famously, perhaps apocryphally, that ‘Jefferson still lives.’ And people took that to mean his words will live forever.”

(6) The Liberty had nothing to do with July 4th. It wasn’t called the “Liberty bell” until the 1830s and that’s also when it got its famous crack.

(7) Only two men signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776 — John Hancock (not the big signature!) and Charles Thompson, secretary of the Congress.

(8) Jefferson’s original draft was lost and the one eventually signed is the “engrossed” document and is kept at the National Archives.

(9) The printed version of the Declaration was called the Dunlap Broadside – 200 were made but only 27 are accounted for. One of these was found in the back of picture frame at a tag sale and sold at auction for $8.14 million to television producer Norman Lear. It now travels the country to be displayed to the public.

Resource: cbsnews.com

Why I signed the Fair Districts pledge ~ Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Just a few days ago, I signed the NDRC’s Fair Districts pledge — and I want to tell you why you should

Some issues are so clear they don’t need more than a few words to describe them. That’s why we had a phrase in my gubernatorial campaign in Michigan last year: “Fix the damn roads.” Gerrymandering is the same way. It’s wrong. No one supports it except special interests and politicians who want to guarantee re-election. And it’s time we put an end to it.

Here in Michigan, we lived through a decade of manipulated maps — ones that the GOP pushed through in 2011 when I was in the state Senate. And if Republicans had their way last fall, they would have gerrymandered all over again in 2021 for another decade.

But they didn’t. The NDRC, All On The Line’s affiliate, invested here. We won the governor’s race. Michiganders overwhelmingly supported the creation of an independent redistricting commission. Now, we’re one of the first states in the country to take redistricting out of politicians’ hands and have an independent, non-partisan group draw fair districts.

With the help of All On The Line, that kind of change can happen everywhere. Manipulated, partisan districts are an insult to anyone who thinks their vote should count. They’re why people start to believe their voices don’t really matter. And they’re how we end up with politicians pushing extreme policies instead of actually listening to their constituents.

Manipulated maps are at the core of so much that’s wrong with our democracy. With All On The Line leading the way, we’re going to do everything we can to fix it.

Sign All On The Line’s Citizen Commitment today to stand against gerrymandering: