Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

Today is America's birthday, a day when Americans should celebrate liberty and freedom that was hard earned in 1776. In declaring our own independence, we were doing more than breaking away from England: we were breaking away from tyranny, from the idea that some men were fit to govern others without their consent and from the chains of dependency and servitude.

This first taste of freedom led to other inspired causes such as the end of slavery in America, the standing up to Nazi cruelty in WWII and the fight to end segregation. Today it inspires us to give a fighting chance for democracy to those who have not had the same breath of freedoms. None of these causes were easy. None were painless. However they all were worth the fight.

Remember, were it not for those who have gone before or those who are going still today, we would not have the freedom that we have. I mean "we" as in humanity, not limiting this thought to America alone.

I found this clip, and I was filled with gratitude for those who are still fighting for our continued liberties, our freedoms and our protection. Though man can be evil/selfish to the core, there are those who choose to stand and to fight for themselves, for their loved ones and for others whom they will never meet. That's what makes them heroes. Thank you to every soldier who chose, who is choosing and who will choose in the future to stand for freedom.

Gladiators - American Style

Happy 4th of July everyone!

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