Flattman Law - July 2018

FLATTMANN FILES “Quality Is No Accident”

July 2018

WATCH OUTWORLD; FLATTMANN LAW IS ON FACEBOOK ANDTWITTER! Sometimes I feel like technology is passing FROM THE DESK OF Grady Flattmann equipment. Everything got faster! But when the dust settled (literally) and I couldn’t figure out how to scan a document from the wireless printer stationed two feet away frommy desk, I felt defeated. At that point, I actually fought the temptation of askingmy 10-year-old daughter for help. But just when I thought I was down and out, I regrouped, gavemyself a pep talk, got another cup of coffee, googled“How to fix your scanner,”and figured out what I had to do. Fiveminutes after I called him, the tech guy hadmy scanner back on track! Welcome to the 21st century! Please check out Flattmann Law on Facebook andTwitter. Entertainment guaranteed! Facebook: Like and share our page at: Grady J. Flattmann, Attorneys at Law, LLC Twitter: Tweet Tweet! @flattmannlaw me by.We recently invested in amajor overhaul of our law firm’s computer

WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT T he S tory of the D eclaration of I ndependence

Every American knows that the Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 — it’s also called Independence Day, after all. The story behind the document, however, gets less attention than it deserves. It’s a fascinating tale, culminating with the birth of the United States of America as we know it.

THE ROAD TO DECLARATION

Even after the early battles of the American Revolution, which began in earnest during April of 1775, it was unclear what shape the rebellion would take. At that point, independence was still far from certain. As the Second Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia in May of that year, two groups formed around polar opinions. “The fundamental issue between them was were they fighting for their rights as Englishmen within the British Empire, or were they going to fight for independence?” says historian Richard Slotkin. It was not an easy choice, and both sides held passionate opinions. As the calendar changed to 1776, those in favor of breaking from King George III began to gain momentum. The growth of the revolutionary movement had a number of causes, but two in particular stand out. In late 1775, King George III spoke to Parliament with the goal of enlarging the Royal Army and Navy to quash the rebellion. He went so far as to solicit help from foreign mercenaries. Word of this decision reached the colonies in January 1776, making reconciliation seem less likely than ever before. During the same month, Thomas Paine published his famous pamphlet “Common Sense,” which advocated for outright independence. “The custom of all Courts is against us, and will

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