31 Posts in 31 Days: #4
"The birthday of a new world is at hand...we have it within our power to begin the world all over again."
--- Thomas Paine
In between the parades and the fireworks and the barbeques today, I wanted to take just a minute to write a few thoughts about this day.
This is one of my favorite days of the year. This is the day when we celebrate our American-ness. This is the day when we honor the independent spirit -- the spirit that says "My destiny is my own."
I think sometimes we confuse the American Revolution with the Revolutionary War. They are not the same thing, the war was simply a byproduct of the revolution. And this day, we celebrate the Revolution.
The American Revolution was, simply, an idea, so elegant today, so radical in 1776. It was the idea that all men are created equal. That their Creator endowed them with unalienable rights, to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That's the revolution.
That is the notion that turned empire on it's head -- the statement that set the world aflame.
Freedom is the natural state of man, but that doesn't mean it comes cheaply. Nothing worth having ever does. The preservation of liberty counts cost in lives. Sometimes those lives are given on the battlefield, but more often they are given in diligence. Freedom is tenuous and easily lost.
The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.
We each lay our lives on the altar of Liberty.
We exercise our rights, to see that they remain strong.
We emulate our forefathers, and we stand as an example to our own children. The greatest work you will ever do as an American, is to teach your children -- to raise the next generation of patriots.
Teach them the be responsible with their rights.
Teach them to love liberty.
Teach them to think for themselves.
Teach them to work hard.
Teach them to be humble.
Teach them to leave our nation better than they find it.
Teach them to be independent.
Teach them to be Free.
Happy Independence Day!