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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy Fourth of July!!!

Forget all the troubles for a day. 

It's still a great country, with great possibilities. Any time we want to stop shooting ourselves in the foot things will begin to get better again. 

I think of my parents and their parents, and all of them knew how lucky they were to be here. And they were right. In their childhoods, my parents' lives were overshadowed by the effects of the Great Depression and WWII. It wasn't as if they didn't know how difficult things could be, and their parents had it even worse. 

The future is in our hands, and things will go as we make them go. That's the meaning of Independence Day - that's the promise. It is all that life could ever offer, and we're lucky to have it. 

Incredibly lucky. Celebrate it. 

Link to Netanyahu's Fourth of July speech

Thank you, and happy Independence Day to you. MOM.

And I agree, we are blessed as Americans, thanks to our noble Founders:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. "
We had a Fourth of July quiz at the office. It was fairly basic stuff and I'm a little upset at the ones I missed. I tied with the other older guy in the office. He's also the other republican. I'm starting to think that we need a major educational effort in this country to educate young people on our history and our Constitution.
Happily there was a sale on Sam Adams, so I shall shortly be hoisting a very appropriate brew.

Happy 4th, and a more poignant 4th I don't believe I shall ever celebrate.
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