Land of the free, home of the brave

July 5, 2009

DSC00123Happy Fourth of July!

When things are dark, and times are tough, we sometimes lose sight of the important things. The fact is, that as Americans, we won the lottery the day we were born. No matter its faults, we live in the greatest country the world has ever known, and we can undo, democratically, any harm that is done to this country. We have done it before, and we will do it again.

We have a Constitution that is a work of pure visionary genius, unrivalled in the world. As part of it, we have a Bill of Rights, not rights that the government gives us and can therefore take away, but inalienable rights that come from God Himself. We have the right to speak and worship as we choose, we have the right to gather together and petition the government for redress of grievances, we have the right to keep and bear arms, we have the right not to incriminate ourselves, and we have the right against unreasonable searches and seizures.

We have unparalleled opportunity, to succeed or fail as we choose. We aspire to judge people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

We have the finest military the world has ever known, out there right now doing incredibly difficult work with uncommon valor and too little support, both from the government and from us. We should strive to make ourselves worthy of their immense sacrifices.

God Bless America.

O, say does that star-spangled banner still wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

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One Response to “Land of the free, home of the brave”

  1. Pilgrim said

    If you can convince 5 other people in the course of your life that those rights are indeed “inalienable” (or “unalienable,” as some would say) and are derived – DERIVED – from an eternal, unchanging Creator and NOT from innate human goodness nor mere popular consent, and if I can do the same, and so on and so forth, we might just have a chance of turning this ship around.

    There should also be lots of hiking.

    Happy Independence Day to you too!

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