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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy "In-Dependence" Day!

Who lied to America that we’ve made Independence Day a celebration of individual liberty? Across the nation, we are reading editorials like this one from USA Today:
…the belief in individual liberty has remained the glue that, more than anything else, makes America a cohesive, and different, nation.
Only an idiot would have the gall to write such nonsense. The belief in individual liberty gets us nothing but a licentious selfish people concerned with personal gain. Cohesiveness comes from something different.

230 years ago, our founders reasoned that personal dignity and inalienable rights were being violated by their current unifying loyalty, therefore they broke from the monarchy of England to create a new community of dependence. Individuals did not declare independence; they declared dependence on each other and upon God. Together, they fought for one another against a ruler who violated their inherent value.

Independence Day is not a recognition of liberty, it is celebration of unity. The greatness of American Independence is found, not in a single statement of individual value, but in the unity that it produced to create this great nation.

According to President Reagan, this unity was evident until about the mid-1960’s and manifested itself universally:
Those of us who are over 35 or so years of age grew up in a different America. We were taught, very directly, what it means to be an American. And we absorbed, almost in the air, a love of country and an appreciation of its institutions. If you didn't get these things from your family, you got them from the neighborhood, from the father down the street who fought in Korea or the family who lost someone at Anzio. Or you could get a sense of patriotism from school. And if all else failed, you could get a sense of patriotism from popular culture. The movies celebrated democratic values and implicitly reinforced the idea that America was special. TV was like that, too, through the mid-'60s.
Where is this national unity, patriotic pride, and mutual dependence today?

Our national identity is now defined, not by unity, but by the spirit of discord that spews forth as garbage from columns like Dorothy M. Ehrlich’s, in treason committed by the New York Times, and in irresponsible comments from our nation’s leaders like Jack Murtha, Howard Dean, and John Kerry that appear to take pride in our defeat instead of successes. These individuals make themselves the fool by shamelessly taking pride, not in earning mutual successes, but in the exercising a personal liberty to create discord. Liberty that devalues the God-given role or rights of another is not at the heart of Declaration of Independence.

The heart of the Declaration is that we all have value; inherent value given to us by God upon which we have the responsibility to fight for dignity in each life. Instead of glorifying our individual liberty, Independence Day celebrates our founder’s unity. Happy “Dependence Day” to you and yours.

Thoughtful Readers Speak:
Hi Jefferson,

Your 4th of July message is right on target, and sure to be atypical of the drivel that we will hear throughout the media today. America is anything but united. We have become more polarized every year. Unfortunately, this is a natural progression. And not one for the better. Jesus said..."Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall." (Luke 11:17). This I believe is America's destiny. The cracks are already very visible. The Church as a whole refuse to pray in unity on our country's behalf either...as is our obligation before God! We are too consumed by furthering our pockets of "little ministries"! Pray for ourselves, and for our nation. Perhaps God will hear us...if it is not too late.

God Bless You,

Peter Shaw
Great article!

You know, it's still a popular idea to think that everyone in this country is a Red-White-&-Blue "American"; but it just isn't true. Not all "believe" in the principles the USA was founded upon. A vast number of folks who were born, bred, and raised here DON'T believe in the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence. Their numbers have been growing every year for the PAST CENTURY, and since the 1960's they've been coming out of the woodwork like gangbusters. They believe in the Gospel of Marx; the anthem of Lennon ("Imagine"), and the utter beauty of one world government for all (be it under Kofi Annan or some other idiot).

Recently they've been referred to as "an influential elite". Three truer words were never spoken; and what an understatement too. The "influential elite" control the MSM and Journalism Schools in this country. They control the faculties at every major University in this country and nearly every Divinity School as well. They control Hollywood (and Madison Ave.) and all the little moron "wanna-be's" who'll say and do anything to get a "part" and be a Star, or writer, or cameraman.

They're christians but not Christian, they're jews but not Jewish, they're muslims but not Muslim. They're in control of unions and give the impression they're doing the best they can against a "corrupt" system, instead of truly doing everything that can be done to benefit today's union members and strengthen the country's industries for tomorrow's union members. They're in control of the majority of today's teachers and each year most of America's children suffer more and more damage because of their control (never has so much money been given to so few teachers for so little teaching).

While most unions are dying in the private sector, they're growing among government employees, and government services are getting more expensive and less efficient by the year.

The "influential elite" have a number of other very "influential" organizations under their thumbs; three "Jumbo's" are: the NAACP, the Democratic National Committee, and the (surprise) ACLU.

What is it about what you've said that most people don't believe? Most people don't believe that something this underhanded and diabolical could ever have been perpetrated on the "American" people by other "Americans". And in a way that's true. But what we're dealing with are "americans" and NOT "Americans".

It's high time we all stop dreaming and believing in fairy tales. It's time to wake up and see that we're in the eye of a hurricane and the best years of our life, and those of our children as well, may be behind us. All of us!

Let's roll, America! Freedom ISN'T free.
You both are incredibly right on. Well said. more later
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