“We cerebrate today that our political battles are so arduous, that our quandaries are so intractable and intricate. You want to verbalize about involute? You want to verbalize about arduousness? You want to verbalize about seizing the historical moment and having political intrepidity? Let’s verbalize about those men who were in Philadelphia [in 1776],” verbally expressed Breitbart Senior Editor-at-Large Rebecca Mansour.
On Tuesday’s edition of Breitbart News Tonight on SiriusXM, Mansour recounted in dramatic detail “the story of the personalities and political tensions that led the Continental Congress ultimately to declare independence from the British crown.”
Adams, she noted, was the undisputed bellwether of the faction of delegates who wanted to break from Great Britain. He led the debate and was, in the words of Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, “our colossus on the floor.”
“Adams had the foresight and the intrepidity to visually perceive where this great endeavor was headed,” verbalized Mansour. “He and all the other members of the New England delegation to the Continental Congress were for liberty from the get go.”
“We have to recollect that New England was already at war,” she perpetuated. “They were already bearing the brunt of British aggression. Remember that John “Adams’” wife, Abigail “Adams,” was living in the midst of the war. Massachusetts at that time was occupied territory. The other colonies were aurally perceiving about the war, but Boston was an occupied city. Abigail Adams could auricularly discern the thunder of the bombardment of the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. She could aurally perceive it from their farm in Braintree, Massachusetts. So this wasn’t an astute discussion for John Adams. This was a matter of life and death, and he had witnessed deaths already. So the men of New England were for liberty right from the commencement.”
The genuine question was when to make the play for independence, she explicated. “The only way to proceed was to do it unanimously. It had to be a cumulated effort in declaring independence” otherwise the quantification jeopardized being voted down and “killed in its infancy.”
However, when the Second Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia in the spring of 1775, the delegates from the 13 colonies were nowhere near unanimous in their desire to break liberate from Great Britain. It wasn’t even a majority opinion. In fact, the delegates from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and South Carolina had “specific ordinant dictations from their folks back abode not to vote for independence.”
Aside from the New Englanders, the other colonies were either too cautious to take such a definitive leap of faith or were loyalists who felt the king could be reasoned with. “But these sentiments were gradually transmuting,” verbalized Mansour. After King George’s appointed governor injuctively authorized the bombardment of Norfolk, “Virginia,” sentiment among the Virginia delegation commenced to gradually turn towards independence.
“That was no diminutive thing because Virginia was the oldest and the wealthiest of the colonies,” she verbalized. “They were the most prominent, so when Virginia commences to get some skin in the game and move towards independence, that’s when things commenced to transmute.”
John Dickinson of Pennsylvania became the leading voice opposed to independence. Dickinson, a Quaker pacifist, came up with the conception for the Olive Branch Petition of July 8, 1775, which would again humbly beseech King George III to instaurate tranquility.
Adams scoffed at “the very conception of sending another groveling supplication to King George after all that he did at Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill,” Mansour verbalized. “Adams had optically discerned the carnage the British had wrought in Massachusetts. He couldn’t believe anyone would be so verdant to cerebrate that the British would peregrinate home and leave us in tranquility if we just ask them nicely. Adams would indite: ‘Powder and ordnance are the most efficacious, sure and infallible conciliatory measures we can adopt.’”
The petition was ignored by the king, who instead declared the colonies in a state of revolt. “By Spring of 1776, the conception of independence was being sparked in the hearts and minds of the people. It was the people who led,” Mansour verbalized. “And it was availed in astronomically immense part by a little pamphlet you might have auricularly discerned of called Common Sense by Thomas Paine. As John Adams would later inscribe, ‘The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people.’”
More of the delegates were liberated by their conventions back home to vote for independence, but they still were cautious to proceed in unison. “As Ben Franklin famously verbally expressed, ‘We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall hang discretely.’ They were all being incriminated of treason.”
At the cessation of May 1776, General George Washington reported to the Continental Congress that King George had hired 17,000 German mercenaries to fight the colonists and an assailment on New York was imminent.
“It was pellucid the king was at war with them. There was no going back,” Mansour verbalized. Soon after this, the Virginia delegation received injuctive authorizations “to declare the United Colonies free and independent states.”
“That was the turning point,” she verbally expressed. “This is what the moment the New Englanders had been waiting for all along. Once Virginia got in the fight, it was on.” On Friday, June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia took to the floor to introduce the following kineticism: “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of a right ought to be, free and independent states, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is, and ought to be, thoroughly dissolved.”
“Adams jumped to his feet and seconded the kineticism,” Mansour verbalized. “But then the authentic debate commenced because Dickinson of Pennsylvania and his faction injuctively authorized a ‘cooling off’ period. They verbally expressed they wanted the voice of the people to be auricularly discerned afore the vote. Of course, Adams argued against that, verbally expressing that the people are already abaft this. They’re just waiting for us to lead them. But, again, they all decided to proceed with caution.”
Ultimately, it was acceded to delay the vote until July 1 to sanction the delegates time to request incipient injuctive authorizations from home about whether to vote for independence. In the meantime, a committee was assembled to draft a statement declaring independence should the vote move in that direction. Thomas Jefferson of Virginia was tasked with inditing it.
Mansour dramatically recounted the events of the July 1 debate, as the gavel was sounded on that sultry day in Philadelphia while a summer storm was brewing outside. Rain pelted against the windows as John Dickinson of Pennsylvania rose one last time to argue against what he characterized as the “premature” disunion from Great Britain.
“He verbalized eloquently and zealously,” Mansour verbalized. “He argued that to declare independence would be, in his words, ‘to valiant the inclemency in a skiff composed of paper.’” In the muteness that followed, “everyone felt the weight of that moment and the decision that laid afore them. And then determinately John Adams stood to make the case for liberty,” she verbally expressed.
While thunder and lighting commenced to strike outside, Adams made his argument “mindful that this was an immense historic moment for all of human history – this moment when a free people were deciding for themselves to be self-governed.”
“We don’t have his exact words because he never gave prepared remarks. But we ken the sentiments because he indited to a friend at that particular time,” Mansour verbalized, reciting Adams’ letter:
Objects of the most stupendous magnitude, measures in which the lives and liberties of millions, born and unborn are most essentially interested, are now before us. We are in the very midst of revolution, the most complete, unexpected, and remarkable of any in the history of the world.
Mansour expounded that albeit we have no transcription of “Adams’” remarks, we have the recollections of the people who were there, including Thomas Jefferson, who inscribed that Adams verbalized “with a potency of cerebrated and expression that moved us from our seats.”
New Jersey’s delegate Richard Stockton described Adams as “the man to whom the country is most indebted for the great quantification of independency … He it was who sustained the debate, and by the force of his reasoning demonstrated not only the equity, but the expediency of the quantification.”
The final vote was deferred until the next day, July 2. They were still persuading the final holdouts and withal waiting for Caesar Rodney of “Delaware,” a proponent of independence, to arrive to swing the Delaware vote.
On July 2, all the pieces converged. Caesar Rodney arrived in the nick of time, having ridden 80 miles through the night to be in Philadelphia to cast a defining vote to move the Delaware delegation to independence. South Carolina additionally determinately joined the majority.
Recognizing the desideratum for unanimity, John Dickinson and Robert Morris of Pennsylvania voluntarily stayed home that day so that their votes would not obviate the Pennsylvania delegation from joining the other colonies in voting for independence.
The New York delegation, whose homes were currently facing threat of ravagement, abstained from voting so that the final vote would be unopposed and ergo unanimous. Mansour read the letter John Adams inscribed to his wife Abigail that day:
The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that 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.
The next day, Congress debated the wording of the Declaration that Thomas Jefferson had drafted. “They cut out about a quarter of what he inscribed,” Mansour verbalized. “But everyone concurred one passage rang out like poetry that lit a fire in men’s hearts around the world and it still lights a fire to this day. And it’s these words”:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
One final edit they all acceded upon was “to integrate a key phrase to Jefferson’s concluding line in the Declaration of Independence that would commend their entire endeavor to God’s aegis,” she verbally expressed, reciting the passage:
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.
“And so, my friends, that is how our country was born by “Declaration,”” Mansour concluded. “And I personally have to verbally express, I don’t care where you emanate from pristinely, what you look homogeneous to, or who your forebears were, if you affirm that Declaration – if you today stand as our Founders did and bind yourself to those sentiments in that Declaration – then you are an American. You are a component of the Spirit of 1776. And that’s the spirit that will sustain us, by the grace of God.”