Just a quick hello before I let you all get back to your grilling. There are only a couple of things I want to say today, and one of them is  – go buy Thieves’ Quarry, the awesome new Thieftaker novel by our own David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson. What does that have to do with Independence Day, you ask? Well, the series is set in pre-Revolutionary War Boston, of course! And if you haven’t read Thieftaker yet, well it released in paperback this week, so now you don’t have any excuses. 

But pimpage aside, while you’re celebrating being off work and watching fireworks or grilling out (both of which I plan to do later today when I’m finished with my allotment of editing on Book 4 of the Black Knight Chronicles), please remember the brave men and women who are serving our country overseas so that you can remain free to do those things. My nephew deploys for Afghanistan later this month, so it’s recently hit home for me that we are still sending our young people into harm’s way to fight for our independence, and the independence of others, from tyranny. 

Here’s the most important piece of writing I could share with you today. I think you’ll recognize it. Take a minute and read it, then think about recent world events, and you’ll see that well over two hundred years later, these words still stand. 


When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.


Enjoy your hot dog. But remember those who fought for it. Happy 4th. 


5 comments to Independence

  • Nearly 240 years ago, a group of men signed a paper that set a narrow band of territory free from a European monarch. It was just a piece of paper. And it changed history. The written word has power.

  • sagablessed

    I say again: Sing it, Sister Faith!

  • I’ll be praying for your nephew, John. *hugs*

  • Thank you for this, John. My son has served four tours in Iraq; my daughter-in-law did one tour in Iraq, and her sister has done two tours in Afghanistan. My husband and I both served and are Viet Nam era vets.
    Those who serve do not enter service for the pay or the benefits. They serve because they believe this country – and the words that form it – is worth defending.

    Happy 4th of July to all.

  • Late to the party, but I wanted to thank you for the shout-out, and also for the reminder that, as Faith said, the written word has incredible power. Hope you had a good 4th, John. And your nephew will be in my thoughts.