Category Archives: Americanism

The Process of Independence

For a nation, to gain independence is a process.  For America, the beginning of that process was signified by the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776.  Yet, Frederick Douglass reminded America that its independence was not yet complete on July 4th 1854, when he was asked to speak at the commemoration of the Declaration of Independence in New York.  He said:          "Fellow citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today?  What have I, or those I represent to do with your national independence?  Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us? and am I, therefore, called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar, and to confess the benefits and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us?        Read more

Perspectives on the 4th from Iraq

This was in my email this morning from a friend in Iraq. I thought I would share this with you. Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790), Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759 I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. - Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826), to Archibald Stuart, 1791 You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. - Malcolm X (1925 - 1965), Malcolm X Speaks, 1965 The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish. - Robert Jackson For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. - Read more

We dream dreams that better ourselves

No matter where we are, the GOD of creation (Nature's God) gave humans the ability to dream. No government, business, or any other person can steal your ability to dream. In America, we are free to live our dreams. The question that I have is will it be harder to live our dreams in post modern America. The President gave a well spoken address today. He spoke of remembering the indomitable spirit of our founders. The fact that throughout our history we have been able to face down any trial and live up to any challenges. Then he started rattling off a host of government programs that we needed. All of a sudden we are not up to meeting the challenges that face us by unleashing our dreams rather by unleashing our government. I have a great deal of respect for our President. He is living the dream. I am concerned that the very policies that he advocates such as energy rationing Read more