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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Patriotism & Independence Day

Patriotism & Independence Day

I was watching “FOX & Friends” this morning as I usually do.  Steve Doocy’s son, Peter, was asking folks questions in a park near the FOX studio about famous Americans.  Everyone correctly answered the question about our first President, George Washington, but no one knew the name of our second President, John Adams.  That’s not too good, but I suppose I’m not surprised.

I was surprised, however, when Peter asked who said, “Give me liberty or give me death!” and no one could answer the question.  In my opinion, that’s scary.

Here is an excerpt from that quote from a speech by Patrick Henry:
        “It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace,
        Peace--but there is no peace. The war “is actually begun! The next gale
        that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding
        “arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle?
        What is it that gentlemen wish? What “would they have? Is life so dear,
        or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
        “Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but
        as for me, give me liberty or give “me death!” March 23, 1775

May we all have that same depth of commitment to our nation and to preserving the ideals of freedom that are at so much risk today.

Have a wonderful 4th of July celebrating the courage, determination, and sacrifice of our forefathers and the continued dedication of succeeding generations of patriotic Americans who cherish freedom.

Let freedom ring!

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