A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Monday, July 04, 2005

Happy 229th Birthday, America!!!

Happy Independence Day!

Today is my favorite day of the year. I am so very proud to be an American. Two-hundred and twenty-nine years ago, the Founding Fathers gave us the Declaration of Independence and proclaimed us a new nation. As one of my favorite history professors was fond of saying, there is no place on earth where the same sort of thing happened. This country is extremely special and we would all do well to remember how blessed we are to live here, in freedom. I am a very proud American and believe in my beloved country, our ideals, our traditions, and our way of life. We value freedom and wish for others to have it as well. We are blessed by God beyond measure and we will defend it at all costs. As Patrick Henry said, "Give me liberty or give me death."

Two hundred and twenty-nine years ago, a new country was begun. One that stood for freedom and God's blessings for all. One that would defend others and fight for their freedom even if it meant we would have to die ourselves. We proved this in the Civil War, in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Mogadishu, Afghanistan, Iraq, and countless other places and wars. We come to the aide of those in need with medical supplies, money, volunteers, soldiers, love, and care. We seek to spread freedom around the world, so that others may share in our bounty and our joy and our liberty. God bless America! Happy Independence Day!

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Take a moment to read and look at the Declaration of Independence.
Go thank our military men at America Supports You.

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands 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 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. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn 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 . . .

We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends . . .

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. --And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

God Bless America
by Irving Berlin
While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.

God Bless America, Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home.

The American's Creed

by William Tyler Page

I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes."I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies."-- Written 1917, accepted by the United States House of Representatives on April 3, 1918