We live in the age of chefs who are masters of culinary delights and connoisseurs of fine ales and home brewed drinks. I find it strange that these epicurean tendencies have tapped the keg of notoriety and made a brand more famous than the man.
In recent years, Samuel Adams Boston Lager has grown larger and more famous than its namesake—Samuel Adams; however, history tells another story. Adams served in several different capacities that benefited the American revolution and the birthing of our nation. Adams was a:
- Member of the Continental Congress (1774-81)
- Signer of the Declaration of Independence (1776)
- Volunteer who helped draft the Articles of Confederation (1777)
- Delegate to the Massachusetts constitutional convention (1779-80)
- President of the Massachusetts senate (1781)
- Lieutenant-Governor of Massachusetts (1789-94), and also served as Governor of Massachusetts (1794- 97).
In the pages of history, you’ll see references to Samuel Adams as the “Firebrand of the Revolution” and “The Father of the American Revolution.” To successfully achieve the revolution, Adams knew that men of character would be an essential. In November of 1775, He wrote: Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters.
Adams had connected the dots, and he believed there was a link between character and the Creator. He said: Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness . . . In the supposed state of nature, all men are equally bound by the laws of nature, or to speak more properly, the laws of the Creator.
Even though Adams had tried and failed in his efforts to brew beer as a business, I think he would rather be remembered less for his lagers in life, and more for his larger than life role during the infancy of the USA.
Since tomorrow is the 4th of July and the day that we celebrate our independence, I thought I would share a few statistics with you:
- 87%of American households own an outdoor grill, and moat of those will be used over this weekend.
- 150 million hotdog will be eaten which is enough to stretch from Washington D.C. to Los Angles more than 5 times
- 700 million pounds of chickens has been purchased to be cooked and eaten,
- 190 million pounds of red meat or pork will be cooked.
- 63% of Americans will attend a fireworks display and 66% will have an American flag on display.
- 80% of Americans will go to a picnic or attend a barbeque.
- According the Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs, the record for eating the most hotdogs in 10 minutes is 64….including the buns.
- Macy’s will light up the skyline in New York City when more than 40,000 shells are exploded when 12,000 pounds of black powder is ignited. Every second approximately 1,000 of the shells are launched with some of them travelling a thousand feet into the sky.
As you celebrate on July 4th, remember the sacrifices of our forefathers who, through personal sacrifice, purchased the freedoms we enjoy. As I write this, I think of a statement made by President Ronald Reagan:
George Washington believed that religion, morality, and brotherhood were the pillars of society. He said you couldn’t have morality without religion. And yet today we’re told that to protect the first amendment, we must expel God, the source of all knowledge, from our children’s classrooms. Well, pardon me, but the first amendment was not written to protect the American people from religion; the first amendment was written to protect the American people from government tyranny.
When you see the fireworks displays in the night sky, remember that Jesus is the Light of the world, and pray that God will bless the USA.
Since today is the 4th of July and the start of a long weekend, I will not post to this blog again until Monday.
Each year at this time, I like to listen to God Bless The USA by Lee Greenwood. You can click here to listen to it now.
Enjoy your day as you celebrate the vision of our Founding Fathers.