Sunday, July 4, 2010

Independence Day

Happy 4th of July! 

Enjoy the long weekend, but please pause to remember those who fought and died to make that enjoyment possible. Freedom is never free.

A free people claim their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.
-- Thomas Jefferson, Rights of British America, 1774

But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
-- John Adams

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
-- Abraham Lincoln

Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
-- Ronald Reagan

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
-- Ronald Reagan

It Has Always Been The Soldier

It is the soldier,
not the President who gives us democracy.
It is the soldier,
not the Congress who takes care of us.
It is the soldier,
not the Reporter who has given us Freedom of Press.
It is the soldier,
not the Poet who has given us Freedom of Speech.
It is the soldier,
not the campus Organizer who has given us the
Freedom to Demonstrate.
It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag;
who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
that allows the protester to burn the flag.
(Father Dennis O'Brien, US Marine Corp. Chaplain)'s_the_soldier.html


Always On Watch said...

That quotation from John Adams is chilling! Is America on the road to losing those freedoms from our Founders? I think so. Too many Americans no longer truly cherish our freedoms; rather, they take those freedoms for granted.

One July 4th, we didn't take those freedoms for granted -- the July 4th following 9/11. Remember that one? I do!

Trestin said...

Great quotes!

Have a good 4th.

Christopher - Conservative Perspective said...

Happy Independence Day!

Endo_2011 said...

Happy Independence Day!

Enjoy my friend!

Ray said...

A good safe fourth you and yours =and thanks for your service ;)

Mark Adams said...

Want to wish everyone a safe Independence Day. Stand tall for the Republic!

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