“I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means.” – John Adams
[July 3rd, 1776 letter from John Adams to his wife, Abigail.]
“But the Day is past. 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.”
Since the pangs of labor and beyond her birth America has been in the throes of conflict. For she is born of freedom. And no more precious treasure to mankind is there given by God than freedom. The fight to preserve freedom is as intense as at its inception. This perpetual struggle and requisite ransom is rivaled only by that of attaining heaven. Yet, like love, freedom’s worth is only fully grasped should it be lost. And, wholly, through neglect will such a loss come to pass.