Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Independence Day

"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism." ~Erma Bombeck

I think the founding fathers would be pleased with Erma's take on the Fourth of July. They wanted freedom for themselves and their children, freedom to live, laugh, speak, worship, and think as they wished. Freedom from tyranny, from oppression, from fear, from government interference in daily life. I think the news recently shows us just how fortunate we in America are that the founders fought that fight for us. We must never forget the price they paid, and do what we can to help others know the sweet taste of these basic freedoms as well.

How truly wonderful that an entire nation celebrates its birth by eating, drinking, being a family, and relishing freedom. To all my readers in the United States, Happy Fourth of July!

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