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History of July 4, Independence Day of the United States of America

Everyone knows about the history of Independence Day of USA that is 4th of July. The Thirteen colonies of America that eventually made up the original USA rebelled against England and the declaration of USA's independence is their own independence. Independence was declared on 2nd July, 1776, that is two days earlier than the actual Independence Day and after six years of struggle after that they won the actual independence. The history of Independence Day of USA is amazing and 4th July is celebrated as the National Holiday of USA. Actual independence was achieved on 3rd September, 1783 with The Treaty of Paris where Great Britain abandoned any claim to USA.

The independence of USA was declared earlier by the colonies and after years of struggle after that they actually won their freedom. Then why Americans celebrate the Independence Day at 4th, July instead of 3rd September when they got actual independence or at 2nd July when the colonials declared their independence?

Independence Day in USA is celebrated as National Holiday there because there is more in its core besides independence of a nation. The idea behind 4th July is the idea of independence of men and women from any ruler. It conveys the message that men and women are free to determine the future, governance and lives of their own.

When the nation has declared itself independent, the rest of the world was looking with amusement towards the United States. They expected the nation to fail badly but to their surprise America shocked them with its strong hold on the nation and influenced the world with its incredible changes.

At the memorable day of 4th July, 1776, when Jefferson, Franklin and Adams and others officially declared the independence, it was more than political freedom. The day holds the promise of right of life, liberty and happiness. At that memorable day not only the independence of the nation was declared but the independence of humankind was declared.

For few years of declaration of Independence Day, it was not celebrated at any date. But by the end of 1790s, the Declaration had become controversial to the partisan. Jefferson and the Declaration were admired by the party, Democratic-Republican but another party that is Federalists party thought that the Declaration was against their policies. The war of 1812 separated the Federalist Party and the new parties supported Jefferson and the party Democratic-Republican. Declaration was circulated again and 4th July, 1776 was in the lime light again. The significance of 4th July can also be counted on the deaths of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson on July 4, 1826.

July 4th was celebrated in the White House in 1801 for the first time during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson. July 4th has been accepted as the Independence Day but it was yet to be accepted as the official holiday. In 1870, US congress made 4th July an official holiday but it was still unpaid for the federal employees and it had continued to be the unpaid holiday till 1938. After 1938, the citizens of America celebrated the Independence Day with joy and pride.

July 4 is celebrated as the independence day of United States of America but the history of American independence is astonishing. It was not the day decided by the Continental Congress for Independence Day, it was not the day when independence was achieved; still it is the independence day of USA.


The History Of The U.S. Postal Service

The first postal service in America was employed under colonial rule when in 1692 British monarchs William and Mary ruled that services for sending, receiving and delivering letters and packages should be established throughout the colonies. This service remained in action until 1775, when Benjamin Franklin created the United States Post Office in Philadelphia under decree from the Second Continental Congress. Under Article One of the U.S. Constitution, the Congress was empowered "to establish post offices and post roads."

The postal service became known as the United States Post Office Department in 1792 and the Postmaster General received a position on the U.S. Presidential cabinet. At the time, the Postmaster General was actually the last position in line to take authority of the U.S. government should something happen to the president, and of course to all other cabinet members.

It was under the administration of President Andrew Jackson that the Post Office Department grew and expanded, providing service to the ever increasing U.S. populous. As the Post Office began to provide services to more and more areas of the country, difficulties arose from the lack of adequate transportation and limited number of employees.

Roads were limited at the time and many towns were in places where no roads led. Steamboats carried mail along rivers. From there, postal messages were carried by individual riders or by horse and buggy to nearby cities and towns. As it became clear in the early decades of the 1800s that postal service was needed across the entire country, the U.S. Government began using rail service with a single line originating in Pennsylvania. It was not until July of 1838 that all railways were declared postal routes, after which mail service was greatly improved. The speed with which mail was able to travel from state to state increased tremendously, allowing people to keep in touch better than ever before.

In the early years of postal service, a letter or package was paid for at the post office. It was not until 1847 that the first U.S. postage stamps were issued under an act of Congress. The first stamps were in denominations of five and 10 cents. The five-cent stamp was designated for letters traveling less than 300 miles and weighing no more than one ounce. Ten cent stamps were for letters traveling more than 300 miles and for those that weighed between one and two ounces.

Also in 1847, the U.S. Mail Steamship Company and the Pacific Mail Steamship Company were placed under contract. The U.S. Mail Steamship Company was contracted to carry mail from New York along the coast. The final stop on the line was California with port stops in New Orleans, Havana Cuba, and the Isthmus of Panama. Pacific Mail Steamships carried mail from the Isthmus of Panama to California.

The first major railroad, Panama Railway, opened in 1855 and began transporting passengers, goods and mail from Panama to California and back. A one-way trip took a period of three weeks, making it one of the fasted methods for reaching the opposite coast; it was frequently used for communications to and from the U.S. government. This route remained important in the United States until the first transcontinental railways opened in 1869.

While railway transport of mail was increased in 1862 to many parts of the country, the opening of the transcontinental rails in 1969 led to the inauguration of the Railway Mail Service (RMS). Special rail cars designated for sorting and processing mail while in route were introduced shortly thereafter. Employees of the RMS sorted mail based on the final destination and processed mail at each stop along the route.

Free delivery of mail was offered in 1889 to city dwellers and the Rural Free Delivery (RFD) mail service was put in place in 1896 under President Grover Cleveland, allowing people who lived in rural areas to easily have access to mail services for the first time in the country's history. Under the RFD, mail was transported from city or town post offices directly to the rural recipient. Prior to the institution of RFD, rural people had to travel to faraway towns or cities to send or receive mail.

The next big venture for the U.S. Post Office Department was in taking over air mail services in 1918. The U.S. Army Air Service previously transported mail but in 1918, a civil Air Mail Service was opened. Surplus planes left from the First World War were used and in the first year of service, the civil operation hired 40 pilots who completed more than 1,200 mail delivery flights. By 1920, the service had delivered nearly 50 million letters.

The position of Post Master General remained in the presidential line of succession until 1971 when the U.S. Post Office Department was recognized as a semi-independent organization from that of the federal government and renamed the U.S. Postal Service. Under President Richard Nixon, the U.S. Postal Service became an independent entity. Today, the U.S. Postal Service is the second-largest employer in the United States, delivers more than 650 million pieces of mail each day, and operates more than 31,000 individual post office locations throughout the United States.


A Confusing Stance on Religion by the United States Government

Copyright (c) 2012 Jim Ford

Religion for Business Owners
Here on American soil, the United States Government tells business owners that as business owners they have no right to express their religious convictions or to exercise their rights to hold true to their religious beliefs because doing so could possibly infringe on the rights of others. The United States Government basically tells business owners that religion cannot be allowed to influence their business if they are a "for profit" organization. On the other hand, there are requirements to allow personal religious practices by the employees.

The government rules that a business cannot be excused from complying with certain laws because of the owner's personal religious convictions. This can be seen clearly in the argument Hobby Lobby presented to the courts against compliance with a portion of the Affordable Care ACT. The stance from Hobby Lobby is that it is a Christian based business and that the requirement under the Affordable Care ACT to provide both birth control and the morning after pill violates their religious beliefs. The government on the other hand says that (as I understand it) Hobby Lobby will not be excused because they are a "for profit" business. To me, this implies that religious beliefs are not afforded to people who earn a living through the operation of their own business.

Do As I Say Not As I Do
What about our government? Our own government seems to have partnered with and established an embassy at the Vatican in Rome, and every president of recent history has made it a point to visit the Pope. At one point a United States President even hosted a birthday party for the leader of the Catholic Church.

The United States has also developed laws under Equal Employment Opportunity that tells business owners they must accommodate most requests from their employees to practice or follow their own religious beliefs, while telling the business owner that they cannot do the same.

Working with the Vatican
The Catholic Church, managed by the Pope and his team at the Vatican, has followers in nearly every country in the world and can have an enormous impact on world or local policy, both favorably and unfavorably. You can see why our government wants to keep relations with the Vatican. It seems that we have the office of the president and the State Department working closely with the Catholic Church leaders, while at the same time telling our lower branches of the government to remove all references to God from their offices.

While our government leaders are meeting with the most influential religious leaders in the world and praying with their personal ministers, they are also telling our children that they have no right to pray, even before a school football game!

Separation of Church & State
I know that right now, running through the back of your mind is something that has been driven into your head as a Constitutional requirement for "Separation of Church and State". I implore you to look up the United States Constitution, and go to the 1st Amendment. There, you will not find this requirement expressly written as many of you might believe. It reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

1st Amendment
Originally, the 1st Amendment applied to laws made only by Congress, but a later Supreme Court ruling applied it also to the states. Basically, the state or federal government cannot promote any specific religion. The court, (Justice Hugo Black) chose to use the words of Jefferson, "government must be neutral among religions and nonreligion: it cannot promote, endorse, or fund religion or religious institutions."

With this statement, one might begin to understand that by removing "God" from government offices and public schools, the government is removing the support of religion, but not to me. First off, simply believing in, mentioning, or having a representation of God does not constitute a religion. In my mind, there is no specific religion supported or promoted by allowing "God" voluntarily into a public school or government office. I do however see that the government, by the act of forcing the removal of any mention of God from these institutions is supporting and promoting the specific religion of Atheism, or any other specific religion that teaches against the existence of God.

Freedoms Infringed
Telling those who believe in God that they are not allowed to express their religious beliefs, effectively promotes the religions that are against God. It seems pretty clear to me that this really should not be a very complicated issue. Any law that tells me I cannot practice my religion is by definition a law that breaks with the 1st Amendment (Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof) and also breaks from Jefferson's words (government must be neutral among religions and nonreligion). In my opinion, by making a ruling against religion, we are no longer neutral, and we are prohibiting free exercise.


Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Moldy Washer Law Suit Appeal

The recent class action suit against manufacturers and retailers over allegations that their front-loading washers were defective and susceptible to mold growth has reached an impasse. While appliance manufacturers and retailers such as Whirlpool, BSH Home Appliances and Sears Roebuck & Co presented a case that spoke of only a few consumers being affected by this 'alleged' problem, the Supreme Court voted in favor of the consumers and refused to hear the appeal arguments, but did not discuss why it had come to that decision.

The plaintiffs' class action suit concerned front-loading washing machines that failed to clean themselves properly and developed mold and emitted musty odors. In an effort to gain more time for their appeal, attorneys for the appliance companies complained that the cited problems were not similar enough to be presented before the court at the same time.

The three companies presented a writ of certiorari, which questioned the authenticity of the class action suit, but they lost their case. Last March, a class action suit against Comcast, which ruled in the company's favor failed to establish the expected precedent in this case. In addition to Comcast, the Supreme Court also ruled on past class actions suits against Amex and AT&T in favor of the defendants.

This decision represents a stride forward for consumers and a giant step back for corporations and large business groups, who hoped to ride on the wings of past Supreme Court rulings.

Class action lawsuits are often the sole means of enabling consumers, to remedy injustices committed by powerful, multi-million dollar corporations. In the words of former United States Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas: "The class action is one of the few legal remedies the small claimant has against those who command the status quo."

While the formation of mold and musty smells aren't among them, there are some washing machine problems that can easily be addressed and make a visit from an appliance repair specialist unnecessary. One of these issues concerns detergent, which unless otherwise stated in your manual should be added BEFORE loading your laundry. Never go above the fill line on the cup as extra detergent creates too many suds, which negatively affects the rinse cycle and permits the build up of bacteria inside the tub.

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NSA Approved Wiretapping - NSA Approved to Spy

When George W. Bush was in office, he decided that an NSA approved data collection scheme was needed to keep the people in line. He called it counterterrorism, but it was really domestic terrorism, and it is still a problem today.

The people of the United States need to stop worrying about what is going on in other countries and they need to start to concern themselves with what is going on between their own borders, as domestic terrorism is much more serious than the alleged terrorists in other nations.

With NSA approved wiretapping and internet spying, the real enemy is at home, right in the United States of America. Whenever you make a call or go online, the NSA is watching and putting all the information they can about you into a database.

The creation of the database should be cause for concern, as it is being used as a way to keep up with the people. The elite want to have taps on you at all times, and they are using the NSA as a way to do that, as the NSA can get into places most people cannot.

In the name of national security, the NSA can record your phone calls and take a look at your online movements. The sad thing is, the people are not fighting back against this because they think it is needed for their protection.

People need to understand the NSA is nothing more than Big Brother and it is not doing anything to protect you. When did protection become the taking away of rights?

The NSA and the government want you to think you have to give up your rights so you will not be attacked by terrorists, but when you give up your rights, you are certainly being attacked. The NSA and the government are the biggest terrorists out there, and as long as you give in and allow them to do what they are doing, you will never have freedom.

NSA approved domestic terrorist must stop before your rights are compromised even more. The elite want you to be complacent, and you are allowing them to win by not taking action.

They do not have to be in control, and if you are willing to fight back you can get control of your life once again.


NSA approved terrorism was put in place by the Bush administration and unless the people fight back, it will not go away. The Obama administration is working for the elite, which means this will not go away without a fight.

Obama may claim to be on the side of the people, but one does not have to look very hard to see his ties to the elite. Obama is going to start where the Bush administration left off. He will continue to spy on the people.


You might wonder why the government would want a database of your phone calls and internet usage. It is so they can get to know you. They want to know your every move, as that will make you easier to track.

It will make you more predictable to them.
The elite have the power on their side right now, but you can get it back. You can fight against the elite so you will no longer be taken advantage of by the government.


The Office of International Affairs and its Current Policies

The Treasury's Office of International Affairs (OIA) is in place to set a standard of good economic security by negotiating with foreign interests to obtain a better trading environment among the world's nations.

While we do maintain good rapport with dozens of countries across the world and practice solid trading and foreign policy, the U.S. is in dire need to recover some market value of the U.S. dollar. One way to gain some value is by opening the door to more trading.

Unfortunately, we are throwing away an estimated three billion dollars a day into the War in Iraq and our trade deficit is in the trillions. We need to create more jobs that create more services and products that feed the global economy and in turn help to fuel ours.

The Office of International Affairs has a very large structure of organizations that are dedicated to protect and secure the transactions and investments of countries around the world. Another function of OIA is to regulate and maintain the proper legal immigration issues extended to international students, workers, professors, and scholars, therefore having the capacity to help with any legal immigration issues.

However, there are many legal hoops that surround these practices making it difficult to become an American citizen even through legal standards. It is no wonder that we have 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. to date.


Foreign policy affects the lives of every tax-paying American and we need to take interest in what is happening outside of the United States. It is key to understand that America is not always the good guy; that there are hidden agendas in policing the world.

American citizens are only hearing one side of these stories: we are quick to suggest that the threat in Iran is real but who are they a threat to, and why are we instigating them with military intimidation and political pressure?


We have a chance to be a leading contributor in the world market and world economy but we are paying for a war we can't afford. We are bailing out the auto industry and keeping military presence in the Middle East for reasons that can't be explained.

OIA can influence better relations with our foreign allies and get us trading again. Currently, no one wants to transact with us because we have made the trade industry a complete nightmare to navigate. We need to get our troops home and put that money back into our economy and re-ignite the American dream.


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