Ben Drankin 4th Of July Benjamin Franklin Vintage shirt, sweat shirt, lady tee
- 5.3 oz., pre-shrunk 100% cotton
- Ash is 99/1 cotton/polyester
- Double-needle stitched neckline, bottom hem and sleeves
- Seven-eighths inch seamless collar
- Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! If Benjamin Franklin had his way, this patriotic looking bird might have been our national symbol rather than the Eagle. Apparently, back in 1784, Franklin wrote a letter to his daughter in which he disapproved of the country adopting the bald eagle as our national symbol. He claimed that the drawing that had been produced looked like a turkey anyway and that such a bird would actually be preferable to the eagle. Franklin explained that the bald eagle had a “bad moral character” and was a “rank coward” that merely steals from other birds. So while I’m proud to have the Eagle as our symbol, here’s also to our native Turkeys.
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On this 242nd 4th of July, I wonder how John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston would feel about our management of the gift they and their brave peers gave us. The Patriots fought for representation in government. Always love Ben Drankin 4th Of July Benjamin Franklin Vintage shirt. But today, “taxation without representation” is nearly complete, as elected members of Congress are completely indebted to – and controlled by – corporate interests. Today’s representatives rarely bother to represent the interests of the average American.
Two-hundred-and-forty-two-years later, I find myself exhausted by the daily news, the drip-drip-drip erosion of our beautiful democracy. But today, I remember that it took years to win what had been claimed, and that people bled and mourned and died for it. Compared to that suffering, I can certainly muster up the energy, the positivity, the creativity, the WILL to rededicate myself to finding solutions. I commit myself to remaining true to the vision of the Declaration of Independence. That’s what I celebrate today. Happy 4th of July.