Thursday, July 05, 2007

Of What Value Independence?

Well, once again we bid farewell to yet another Independence Day. A day filled with Cold Beer, Barbeque and a trip to a theater packed with happy little children laughing at the humor offered up by Ratatouille, which is admittedly one of the best movies I have seen in a long time.

And as the day slows down I find a few moments when a normal person would be in bed fast asleep to feed my addiction for information. And lately one of the best sources of that information has been Michael Travis who is faithful in keeping me informed about many issues including appropriately on Independence Day historical matters which not so surprisingly impacted on our Independence.

Michael makes some important and thought provoking points about the true meaning of the day. You can hear in his words his heart speaking of a love that goes beyond the simple things to which we have become accustomed. He also speaks with passion of the Jewish people and shares with us a story of how a Jew played a critical role in the early days of this nation in its fight for independence.

These are stories which I don’t recall ever being taught in grade school. That in my estimation is a sad thing. Many of us tend to think of the birth of a nation in terms of white Anglo Saxon. But from its very inception much of what we have was given to us by many ethnicities.

Those brought here in chains made important contributions to our social culture. As pointed out by Michael it is clear that the Jewish community has made its mark in America. Every group has in some way to some degree made a significant contribution.

It is for this reason that I find it ironic that we celebrate independence at a time when we are more dependant on each other than we have ever been in the history of the nation. Perhaps we should rather celebrate something on the order of Dependence Day.

Are we not now more dependant than ever in keeping each other safe from radical Islamic attack? Yet we celebrate independence from Britain one of the best allies this nation has along with Israel.

It is only by way of dependence and standing up for each other that we will be able to remain free and enjoy a degree of safety. So I put forth the question, of what value Independence? The true value of independence is to be able to come to the aid of our brother in time of his need.

Simply stated we must be dependant on our allies in order to remain independent!

Having said all of the above I now conclude by offering to you the thought of the day of Michael Travis along with the story he supplied which gave me yet one more reason to appreciate the Jewish people.

Happy Independence Day America!

This started out as a very depressing and disconcerting morning. My friend Shawn [Fighting Chance] pointed out the fact that here, in Missouri/Middle America; his family is alone in displaying the American flag on our National Holiday. In the several towns and cities that Shawn checked, even the municipalities (City Hall, Police, Fire Stations etc.) have felt no need to display the banner that represents the past, present, and future of this great Republic. Fireworks of course. Sports sure. Even family drunk-fests are the schedule for the Fourth, but displaying Old Glory seems to have been removed from the collective, some say "Post American", psyche.

Shame on us all.

Hot on the heels of my friend's sad revelations about the "Post American" celebrations of "Fireworks Day" came the news that FOX (Martha MacCallum) had canceled a scheduled discussion of Al Qaeda, the recent attacks in London, and the terrorist threat to the United States. FOX claims that a discussion of the War on Terror would not be appropriate on "Fireworks and Appliance Sales Day". I am disgusted by FOX's political correctness.

After hooking up to my caffeine drip I automatically clicked on
Pamela Geller's Atlas Shrugs blog. My mind began to clear and I re-discovered a reason for optimism. I am in awe of Ms. Geller's tireless efforts to expose malefactors, and rally Americans to preserve their Republic. Pamela is so prolific and insightful that there really is no other journalist, mainstream or otherwise, who is worthy of touching the hem of her garments.

America is in dire need of citizens such as Pamela Geller. We have lived through this before, in the days and hours before the American Revolution. This country was founded by a tiny band of true patriots, swimming against a tide of appeasement, to wrest this land from the hands of tyranny. The Jewish patriot Haym Salomon was instrumental in saving the young Republic all those years ago.........perhaps it will be another Jewish patriot who helps save what's left of it.


How a Jewish patriot saved America

Posted: July 4, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Richard Booker

© 2007

In 1975 the United States Postal Service issued a stamp honoring a man named Haym Salomon for his contribution to the cause of the American Revolution. This stamp was uniquely printed on the front and the back. On the glue side of the stamp, the following words were printed in pale, green ink: "Financial Hero – Businessman and broker Haym Salomon was responsible for raising most of the money needed to finance the American Revolution and later to save the new nation from collapse." I personally have one of these stamps. Historians who have studied the story of Salomon all agree that without his "contribution to the cause" there would be no America today.

Haym Salomon bought and sold financial papers to raise money for Robert Morris who was the superintendent of finance for the Continental Congress. He believed that America would be a safe haven for the Jews. But this son of a rabbi also believed that one day in the future, Jerusalem would rise from the dust, the Jews would return to their ancient homeland, and Israel and Jerusalem would once again be the home of the wandering Jew. Salomon determined to do all he could to finance the Revolution so America could survive until that future time when his people would once again fill the streets of Jerusalem.

From one crisis to the next, Robert Morris went to Haym Salomon for help, and Salomon always responded. Salomon gave his entire personal fortune of over $800,000 to the cause of the Revolution. This debt was never repaid. He died sick and penniless at the age of 45, Jan. 6, 1785, leaving behind a young widow, Rachel, and four children all under the age of 7.

Rachel tried for months after Haym's death to collect on personal loans that he had made to Morris, to the Congress and others. She was requested to turn all her securities and certificates over to the state treasurer of Pennsylvania for evaluation. After several months, she made further inquiries and was informed that all of the papers relating to her inheritance had been lost.

Haym Salomon was buried in Mikveh Israel Cemetery in Philadelphia in a grave that is now unmarked. Since we don't know which his grave is, we cannot even pay our respects at his graveside nor erect a marker.

But the story of Haym Salomon doesn't end with an unmarked grave. There is a plaque on a brick wall bordering the cemetery that was placed by Haym's great-grandson, William Salomon, in 1917. It says, "To the Memory of Haym Salomon … interred in this Cemetery the location of the grave being now unknown. …"

Was it just a coincidence that the year this plaque was erected was the same year of the Balfour Declaration issued by the British, which begins, "His majesty's Government views with favor the establishing in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people"?

Was it just a coincidence that in 1975 when the Postal Service issued the stamp honoring Haym Salomon, that same year the Israeli government issued a stamp honoring Harry Truman, the American president who was the first head of state to recognize Israel?

As Salomon believed, America has been that save haven for the Jewish people, and Israel has been reborn. As we celebrate America, may we remember the great debt we owe to Haym Salomon. While we may not be able to repay him personally, we can honor him by standing firm in our support and prayers for a strong and secure Israel and a united Jerusalem under the rule of Haym's Salomon's spiritual descendants, the Jewish people.

Happy Fourth of July!

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