On the Fourth 2018

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True or False: The British have July 4th?

Back in the day, I used to ask this question to my high school students, so I’ll embed the answer within this post.

Last week I worked more hours than normal at the golf course. Although I enjoy the work, the extra hours set me back in normal routines, including visiting other blogs. Hopefully, normal will return soon.

As the rest of the world sees July 4th as a normal day between July 3rd and July 5th, we Americans celebrate July 4th as our Independence Day. Many people will enjoy outdoor activities, family gatherings, and parties. Some towns will celebrate with a parade, activities, and music. Some concerts will include one of my favorites: The Armed Forces Melody. Fireworks will fill the night sky across the land to close the day.

Hoping your July 4th is a good one.

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On Liberty and Freedom

July 4, 1776 – A new nation forms as it seeks liberty from a powerful country that is also free. A new Constitution delivers a new government to set sail into an unknown future. 237 years later, the great American experiment of freedoms continues.

Whether words from the Founding Fathers, future American leaders, or others from around the world at various points of history, calls for liberty and freedom ring strong.

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. (Thomas Jefferson)

Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. (James Madison)

Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit, which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. (Abraham Lincoln)

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. (John F. Kennedy)

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty. (Ronald Reagan)

The basics of a democratic state is liberty. (Aristotle)

It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man’s self. (Francis Bacon)

Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought. (Pope John Paul II)

Being democratic is not enough, a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right. In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law. (Margaret Thatcher)

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. (Winston Churchill)

To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse than starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body. (Mahatma Gandhi)

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. (Nelson Mandela)

Happy Independence Day … and may liberty and freedom continue to spread. Enjoy Liberty Fanfare (by John Williams) with narration … the music that actually sparked this post.

On a Celebration

It’s July 4th – Independence Day in America. Private and community celebrations of music, food, and fireworks will occur across the land. Meanwhile, this also means many American bloggers may spend less time on these pages. Time will tell if I post tomorrow, but I’m planning for Friday’s traditional Opinion in the Shorts.

I hope everyone has a safe midweek holiday with the activities of their choice. To those experiencing the torrid temperatures, keep your water level up.

Meanwhile, in the spirit of Independence Day, enjoy this wonderful video of our land. The owner blocked embedding, but follow the click to watch on YouTube because its worth it.

On Celebrating the Fourth 2010

Although we know these days as a holiday and a day away from work, but I, like many others, probably don’t take enough time to think deeply about the significance of holidays as Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans’ Day. I guess that’s one of the reasons why appreciate the various reports the cable news channels provide on this days because they stimulate my reflection.

We Cincinnatians see today as the first July 4th without Maestro Erich Kunzel, who passed away last fall. Not only was Maestro Kunzel the founder and conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, he was known by many across the nation who conducted annual holiday concert celebrations from Washington that PBS broadcast – such as tonight’s Capitol Fourth program.

So with this YouTube, I not only salute Maestro Kunzel for his role in our life, but this tribute is perfect for all those who have served our country – past, present, and future.

Have a safe holiday weekend everyone.