Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Independence Day, 2017

Tomorrow is July 4, the day we celebrate the independence of this great nation. On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies marked the signing of the Declaration of Independence, declaring themselves free from the British Empire. This is a day usually associated with with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, concerts, family reunions, and various political speeches and ceremonies. I  suggest that, at some point, we pause and consider what has gone before.

The framers of our documents of freedom--the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution--didn't all agree. And sometimes, their discourse wasn't very civil. But as Benjamin Franklin put it, "We must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly, we shall all hang separately." Remember that these people put their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honors on the line to help give us the independence we celebrate.  This Independence Day, may we reflect on all that has gone before. What we now have is too precious to lose.

God Bless America.


Jackie Smith said...

Off subject...but I am excited I received Guarded Prognosis yesterday! YAY Will read/review!
I was not techy enough to dl it earlier..duh (:-
Have a safe 4th!

Richard Mabry said...

Lest others wonder why they haven't received their copy yet--I mailed out signed copies to my "influencers." Prior to that, they'd received Kindle versions, and Jackie couldn't open hers (Jackie, wish you'd let me know--but hope you like the print book).
Others of you--official launch date is July 17. Patience.
And have a great Independence Day.

Priscilla Bettis said...

Well said.

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Priscilla.

Patricia Bradley said...

Very well said, Richard! I may use your Benjamin Franklin quote on my blog tomorrow. :-)

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, speaking for Ben (who's been dead for a while), help yourself. And thanks for your comment. Enjoy the mid-week holiday. (Why does today feel like Friday?)