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Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy 4th of July!


I want to wish everyone a 4th of July! Since I've started this blog, I've made it a tradition to post some of my favorite Revolutionary quotes, along with the music video "Freedom Never Cries" by Five For Fighting. The concept of the song is brilliant and thought provoking, and the video is so touching.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 

Don't forget to thank a serviceman or woman if you see them out at any 4th of July Festivities, and please take a moment to say a prayer for troops and our country.




"Those who would give up essential liberties to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin

"I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." -Nathan Hale, before being hanged by the British

"It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, "Peace! Peace!" -- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!"   -Patrick Henry - March 23, 1775

"THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER" and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God."
-Thomas Paine, The Crisis




"When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

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 to 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security..."
-from The Declaration of Independence, 1776


-Jerri

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2 Comments:

  • At July 5, 2009 at 5:22 PM , Blogger Lola said...

    I’m Blog Hopping! Hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend.

    Please stop by Lin's Duck and Wheel With String to vote for me, Lola, in her First Official Dork-Off Contest. Vote for my photo, because my kindergarten photo is THE dorkiest.

    http://duckandwheelwithstring.blogspot.com/2009/07/first-official-dork-off.html

    Thanks!
    Lola

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  • At July 5, 2010 at 12:57 AM , Blogger Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

    So glad that I stopped by tonight...Great post..
    Hope you had a GREAT FOURTH!
    I have a fun giveaway on my holiday blog...
    http://grammyababychangeseverything.blogspot.com
    check out A Baby Changes Everything
    drawing Monday night

     

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