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July 4th, Then and Now


July 4th is a reminder of why I drag myself, tired and sometimes still a little sleepy, to work every day.  Well that and the bi-weekly paychecks.  As a Senior Engineer for the Department of Defense, I know that protecting the natural rights and independence celebrated on July 4th is a part of our everyday mission.   My freedom to write these words and say whatever I want to say, your freedom to read them and even dislike them if you choose to, and our freedom to decide our own paths are merely some of the simple luxuries that exist by living in a country free from tyranny and dictatorship.  And whether we agree or disagree on how this independence came to pass or when the term “we” in the Declaration of Independence became all inclusive is irrelevant for this one day of celebration at least.  We are blessed to have a multitude of men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom, who work heroically in harms’ way so that most of us will never smell the stench of a bomb or feel the impact of a missile.  Instead, we have the option to sit in our homes, watch our children grow or do anything else in peace.  The protection of human rights is imperative for us to remain free and there are activists, seasoned and fresh, young and old, who have made sacrifices and risked their lives as well for American freedom.  Some have marched, protested, prayed and died.  Others have painstakingly combed through every state law, every constitutional amendment, and every Supreme Court case to ensure that this country stands by the words “we all are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable Rights”.   Truth be told, I know the pathway has been long and imperfect and there are still mountains to climb but all in all, we’ve come a long way baby! 

To American Freedom, Happy 234th Birthday!

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  1. July 1, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    …we’ve come a LONG way!

    • July 1, 2010 at 11:11 AM

      Dirt roads to interstates long way, nappy naps to Indian weave long way, a mighty mighty long way…

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