Friday, July 1, 2011

The 4th of July

I trust this Friday will signal a fine holiday for all who choose to read this blog.

BTW I do thank you for that courtesy.

Having said that I am taking Monday off, so the next blog will be posted on Tuesday the 5th.

Way back when, long before the time of today’s conscious memory, an idea became the child of freedom and democracy. At its birth, on this day in 1776, they named her Independence and called her The United States of America.

It was a hard pregnancy. The energy of violence was prevalent until the last British ships sailed out of New York Harbor. Then came the task of tolerance and the faith of forgiveness for our British cousins. four-thousand, four hundred and 35 patriotic American citizens died before the birth of Independence was possible.

Independence was a normal child, with endemic growing pains and problems. She fought against the British again in 1812 and deep within her own family in 1860 as she struggled to keep herself together.

Through the years into maturity, Independence traveled many paths. Old tired ones of war and new jubilant celebrations of peaceful success. Along the way there was boom and bust in the quest for comfort. The persona of independence made her share of friends and enemies, but she always carried the olive branch of reconciliation.

So congratulations Independence on your birthday. May all your other names of Liberty and Freedom be forever tied to virtue, to tolerance, to honor, and to the God We Trust.

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