In Dependence Day – contrasting eras

I highly recommend this timely, intellectually honest July 4th piece, by Bill Frezza (hat tip Frezza for the title of this post), via my good friend Jim Brown.  It finishes as follows:

If we were still a nation capable of shame with enough intellectual integrity to call things as they are, if we hadn’t debauched our language as badly as our currency, if we had the courage to look in the mirror and see how woefully we have squandered our Founders’ legacy, this Fourth of July would be a day not of celebration but of atonement

Give some thought to what we have lost as we mark another In Dependence Day. May providence have mercy on our nation, lest we end up getting what we deserve.

You’ll forgive me if I was in no fireworks-n-barbecue mood yesterday.  I decided instead to mark the day by reading the full text of the Declaration of Independence with my kids (hat tip Hillsdale and Levin for the idea). The document was signed by their great-great…(I’m not sure how many greats at the moment) grandfather, Thomas Nelson, Jr., from the Colony of Virginia. Nelson meant that part about “we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor”, as he later gave the American artillery permission to fire upon his own house, which was used as a British headquarters during the siege of Yorktown (Sept-Oct 1781).

Nelson House, Yorktown, VA

Whether your family history makes you a “new” or “old” American… doesn’t matter. Read, understand, and cherish the reasons behind the founding of our great country. Share the history with your kids and grandkids. Atone for your contribution to our modern complacency towards our dear Republic. Then dust yourself off, pick yourself up by your bootstraps, and get to work contributing your piece of the long term solution. It will take decades, so buck up.

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