Monday, July 04, 2005

Happy Independence Day

My friends,

Celebrate your independence and your freedoms. Speak your mind. Vote. Write your representatives. Disagree with others if you must but be prepared to fight for their right to say it. Support your troops but think carefully about the policies that require their use. Be patriotic in your heart not just with the flag flying once a year.

Put four ribbons on the inside, don't just paper your car with them. Pledge allegiance not so much "to the flag" but "to the republic for which it stands".

Think what a break from history the freedom represented by the United States of America has become and cherish and take responsibility for it.

Go to your city parks and watch the fireworks (or safely shoot off your own), cheer and remember what all this is for. Celebrate.

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