This country and our freedom as Americans was because there were giants at our foundation. Flaws? Of course – they were human beings and we are all flawed. But they were still giants. Still of such magnitude that we should all aspire to attain their courage and determination.
Some of what we consider flaws were simply because they were men of their times. The “father” of our country owned slaves. For all his flaws it is doubtful there would be a United States of America without George Washington.
The nit-pickers, the people that find something wrong with America on a daily basis offer little. One laughs to think of them in the company of the giants that formed this nation.
Many project their own inability to find happiness or peace on a nation that offers them only the opportunity to find it for themselves. There is no guarantee on heaven or earth that you will find what you seek. But there is no reason why a country is guilty because of what you lack.
I am always grateful that I was born an American. We may be losing our freedoms at an astonishing rate but somewhere deep inside, when I see Old Glory flying high, I believe that the American People will stop this idiocy.
Are there enough of us left that know and care? I cannot see the future but I believe that when the people were called upon for serious sacrifice in the past they rose to the occasion. I pray God they do so once again with this new threat that is far more insidious because it comes from within.
The founders warned us – will we listen?
If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin. ~ Samuel AdamsWithout morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure (and) which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments. ~ Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence
Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature. ~ Benjamin Franklin
The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests. ~ Patrick Henry
I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves. And if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power. ~ Thomas Jefferson
I was “introduced” to a man named Caesar Rodney by radio personality Steve Deace on his Independence Day program last Thursday. I had never heard of the man. My loss. so I will share what I learned with you and link you to more:
Caesar Rodney, (born October 7, 1728, Dover, Delaware – died June 26, 1784, Dover – delegate to the Continental Congress (1774–76, 1777–78), “president” of Delaware (1778–82), and key signer of the Declaration of Independence.
One of Delaware’s three delegates to the Continental Congress, Rodney had been away in Delaware and was quite sick when he got word of the impending vote on the resolution for independence. All night, as the first of July, 1776, turned into the second, Rodney rode through a thunderstorm. He covered 80 miles and arrived at Independence Hall’s doorstep in time to cast Delaware’s deciding vote for independence.
One of the great men I never knew about. Another giant.