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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

July 4th, 2005 - Independence Day

Our Nation is 229 years old today. Happy Birthday America.

President Ronald Reagan wrote a great piece in his own hand for Independence Day in 1981. I have included it in it’s entirety below. Reagan reminds us about the vision and sacrifices of our founding fathers calling it the “only true philosophical revolution in all history.” 

In the closing remarks he reminds us, “that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.” 

I wonder how many politicians believe this today?

What July Fourth Means to Me

By Ronald Reagan

“For one who was born and grew up in the small towns of the Midwest, there is a special kind of nostalgia about the Fourth of July.

I remember it as a day almost as long-anticipated as Christmas. This was helped along by the appearance in store windows of all kinds of fireworks and colorful posters advertising them with vivid pictures.

No later than the third of July ? sometimes earlier ? Dad would bring home what he felt he could afford to see go up in smoke and flame. We’d count and recount the number of firecrackers, display pieces and other things and go to bed determined to be up with the sun so as to offer the first, thunderous notice of the Fourth of July.

I’m afraid we didn’t give too much thought to the meaning of the day. And, yes, there were tragic accidents to mar it, resulting from careless handling of the fireworks. I’m sure we’re better off today with fireworks largely handled by professionals. Yet there was a thrill never to be forgotten in seeing a tin can blown 30 feet in the air by a giant “cracker” ? giant meaning it was about 4 inches long. But enough of nostalgia.

Somewhere in our growing up we began to be aware of the meaning of days and with that awareness came the birth of patriotism. July Fourth is the birthday of our nation. I believed as a boy, and believe even more today, that it is the birthday of the greatest nation on earth.
There is a legend about the day of our nation’s birth in the little hall in Philadelphia, a day on which debate had raged for hours. The men gathered there were honorable men hard-pressed by a king who had flouted the very laws they were willing to obey. Even so, to sign the Declaration of Independence was such an irretrievable act that the walls resounded with the words “treason, the gallows, the headsman’s axe,” and the issue remained in doubt.

The legend says that at that point a man rose and spoke. He is described as not a young man, but one who had to summon all his energy for an impassioned plea. He cited the grievances that had brought them to this moment and finally, his voice falling, he said, “They may turn every tree into a gallows, every hole into a grave, and yet the words of that parchment can never die. To the mechanic in the workshop, they will speak hope; to the slave in the mines, freedom. Sign that parchment. Sign if the next moment the noose is around your neck, for that parchment will be the textbook of freedom, the Bible of the rights of man forever.”

He fell back exhausted. The 56 delegates, swept up by his eloquence, rushed forward and signed that document destined to be as immortal as a work of man can be. When they turned to thank him for his timely oratory, he was not to be found, nor could any be found who knew who he was or how he had come in or gone out through the locked and guarded doors.

Well, that is the legend. But we do know for certain that 56 men, a little band so unique we have never seen their like since, had pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Some gave their lives in the war that followed, most gave their fortunes, and all preserved their sacred honor.

What manner of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists, 11 were merchants and tradesmen, and nine were farmers. They were soft-spoken men of means and education; they were not an unwashed rabble. They had achieved security but valued freedom more. Their stories have not been told nearly enough.

John Hart was driven from the side of his desperately ill wife. For more than a year he lived in the forest and in caves before he returned to find his wife dead, his children vanished, his property destroyed. He died of exhaustion and a broken heart.

Carter Braxton of Virginia lost all his ships, sold his home to pay his debts, and died in rags. And so it was with Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Rutledge, Morris, Livingston and Middleton. Nelson personally urged Washington to fire on his home and destroy it when it became the headquarters for General Cornwallis. Nelson died bankrupt.

But they sired a nation that grew from sea to shining sea. Five million farms, quiet villages, cities that never sleep, 3 million square miles of forest, field, mountain and desert, 227 million people with a pedigree that includes the bloodlines of all the world. In recent years, however, I’ve come to think of that day as more than just the birthday of a nation.

It also commemorates the only true philosophical revolution in all history.

Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government.

Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.

We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.

Happy Fourth of July.”

Ronald Reagan, President of the United States

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Saturday, November 20, 2004

Norman Rockwell - American Artist

“To us, illustration was an ennobling profession. That’s part of the reason I went into illustration. It was a profession with a great tradition, a profession I could be proud of.” Norman Rockwell

I grew up with Norman Rockwell art all around me. His magazine illustrations were famous all over the world. I had no idea that there was a website dedicated to this great American artist. I could spend hours looking at all the great stuff on the Norman Rockwell Museum website. American life in the eyes of Norman Rockwell was amazing. He captures the hope and promise of America in detail.

Hat tip to the Small Business Server Diva Susan Bradley for reminding me about this great artist.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

George W. Bush Visits The Troops in Tampa Florida

President Bush visited MacDill Air Force in Tampa today. I was able to hear 30 minutes of his speech on a local radio station and was impressed by how much our troops love the Commander in Chief. The cheers were loud and went on for a long time and often during his speech which was broadcast to our troops all over the globe. Fox News has the story.

Some of the things that have not been covered by the media, ie the “Democratic National Committee Media Echo Chamber,” were the visits from the new leaders of Afghanistan and Iraq to Washington DC. Both leaders praised the United States and thanked us and our troops for making the sacrifice to bring freedom to their people.

From the President’s speech, “Yesterday, President Karzai of Afghanistan came to the White House and to the U.S. Capitol, and thanked the American people for helping to free his country and for being a friend to the Afghan people. The President of Iraq came to America last week and expressed his gratitude for the sacrifices of the American people and our troops. These two Presidents, and the nations they serve, know the character of the American Armed Forces, They’re seeing the nature of your mission, as well. We have come not to conquer, but to liberate people, and we will stand with them until their freedom is secure.”

One thing is for sure, even though our troops have hard and dangerous work in some very bad conditions they support their Commander in Chief and love him dearly.

America is fortunate to have a President that knows what is required to lead the Nation in this time of war.


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Monday, June 07, 2004

Peggy Noonan Pays Tribute To Ronald Reagan

Peggy Noonan was a speech writer for Ronald Reagan and has tremendous respect for him. Her article is a good look into the character of the 40th President of the United States.

Note: This Wall Street Journal Article requires registration to view. It’s worth it.

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Saturday, June 05, 2004

President Ronald Wilson Reagan Died Today

I wanted to do a tribute to President Reagan in my blog. But in doing the research I came across this quotation from Ronald Reagan. It truly reflects the optimism that he had in America. I can’t think of anything more fitting than words from Ronald Reagan’s own farewell speech.

“In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.”

Ronald Reagan was optimistic and truly believed in America. He spoke of it as a shining city. “I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.”

In my opinion Ronald Reagan was the greatest president that served during my life time. He has gone on to a much greater place. I am confident that when he stands before the Lord, he will hear those words that all Christians hope to hear, “well done my good and faithful servant.”

Goodbye Mr. President. America owes you a debt of gratitude. We will miss you.

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Friday, June 04, 2004

Spelling is Illogicial

This story is so insane I just had to put it in here. Spelling isn’t logical. There are some out there that want to spell words like they sound and abandon English as we know it.

Chaos is just around the corner.  Public schools are bad enough. Teach this to kids and you will dumb them down even further.

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Friday, May 07, 2004

Employers Added 288,000 Jobs in April

More good News for Americans, Bad News for the Democrats and the media echo chamber.

Employers added 288,000 jobs to their payrolls in April.

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Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Business Confidence Reaches the Highest Level in 20 Years

More bad news for the Democrats.

According to this Financial Times article,
US business confidence seen at 20-year high.

Just more good economic news to report.  Maybe lower taxes is a good idea after all.  It would be good to make George W. Bush’s tax cuts permanent. I think so.

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