Happy Independence Day, America!

We at MMA Rants Today want to take a moment, on this American Independence holiday of July 4th, to celebrate freedom in a way not involving shots, bikini and otherwise. For it is this day that our country memorializes it’s Declaration of Independence, as this was the day, in 1776, that the Declaration was signed.

This was no small act, as it meant that the signors were putting their lives on the line for the establishment of America as a sovereign country. The British were not known for mercy, hunting them down, burning down their homes, killing their families…. but the founders knew it would be worth the struggle, worth the sacrifice, and the man who would become the 2nd President of the United States of America wrote a letter of celebration to his wife, Abigail.

One interesting note: he wasn’t writing about the 4th of July, when the Declaration was signed, but rather the 2nd, when the decision to proclaim independence from British rule was made. So he was a couple of days off…

John Adams wrote (with his original spelling):

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 Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.

Today, we celebrate with fireworks, BBQ and drink. Today, we celebrate the beginning of a grand experiment in government of and by and for the people. We celebrate a country recognizing the inherent rights of people to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We celebrate the ideals, even though reality might not always live up to them, and our aspirations to achieve them for all Americans.

And for us, part of that pursuit of happiness involves the unabashed enjoyment of mixed martial arts!

Happy Independence Day!