As we reflect on this Independence Day we must ask. Do we care? What about the Declaration of Independence? The Constitution? Do principles matter? For Liberty!
Generations of Americans have paid the ultimate sacrifice, many dying in foreign lands while longing for a last whiff of American soil, to ensure that we and our children and our children’s children could be free. Yet we are giving up freedoms, right here at home, without even a whimper.
That old State House bell is silent,
hushed now its clamorous tongue;
But the spirit it awakened
Still is living-ever young;
And when we greet the smiling sunlight
On the fourth of each July
We will ne’er forget the bellman
Who, betwixt the earth and sky,
Rang out, loudly, “Independence”
Which, please God, shall never die
–Poem by Anonymous from The Family Book of Best Loved Poems
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO ALL!