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Happy Birthday USA
Happy Birthday USA
Today marks the 230th birthday of my country, the United States of America. We've had some rough spots in that time, and we're still a young nation, but I continue to hold to the belief that we are the greatest nation to ever arise on this Earth, and the world's last best hope for peace to use a phrase from Babylon 5.
And while our nation currently stands divided seemingly beyond repair at the brink of its own self-destruction, with half the world wishing for our downfall and the other half praying for our salvation, I thought it best to post some words that were written at a time when our nation faced certain self-destruction before, as it does now, to remind us all why the United States came to be and what it is all about.
"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."
May you stop for just one moment today to try and understand the positions of your political opponents, truly understand them, for while we continue to battle each other, we are all created equal, and endowed by our Creator (who or whatever that may be) with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
Have a safe and happy Independence Day.
7/4/2006 9:12 pm
WOW, a truly great and impressive blog. Happy 4th!|