BARBWIRE BOB – 7-4-24

July 4th – A Day to Celebrate our Freedom and Independence

The date of celebrating Independence Day arrived with the ratification of the Declaration of Independence signed on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia by the Second Continental Congress. One of the signers and fathers of our country, Benjamin Franklin told us that it would be challenging to keep the Republic in future years. He was right. 

A “Republic” is a form of government where we elect representatives to govern through our election process. A democracy is a form of government by all the people, a “Republic” selects the leaders from either political party to lead.  The Founders also designed the Electoral College system whereby each state has so many electoral votes based upon population won by either political party. The system was designed to protect smaller states against larger states. The president wins by receiving the most electoral college votes, not the most popular votes that could be dominated by the states of California, New York and Florida. They were also fearful of any religion dominating the government that was part of the plan. They designed the three branches of government, Executive, Legislative, and Judicial that are in force today, keeping tabs on each other. The two major political parties compete for votes, nominate, and elect the president and members of the senate and house of representatives. The speaker of the house becomes president should the president and vice-president fail to serve by any circumstance.

Presidents are nominated by their parties at National Conventions where duly elected state delegates gather to cast the ballots for the presidential team of president and vice-president. 

The Republican National Convention will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 15-18 and the Democratic Convention in Chicago on August 19-22. Election Day is November 5, 2024 

Enjoy, celebrate, and cherish Independence Day.