Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Fourth and the Blanket of Freedom


Ok, like many of you I’m starting my Fourth of July Weekend today…for the next few days it’ll be novels/beer/working out/maybe the beach/beer/hotdogs/movies/naps/beer/golf/a dab of work each day just so I don’t forget/lots of music/sitting on the deck/beer/grilling/mowing the lawn/reading the Constitution/the pool/and maybe easing off the beer a little…or not.

Seriously, though…as humans, where we live is the biggest determining factor of the type of life we have. It usually determines our opportunities in life, education, ways of making a living, religion, whether or not we are respected (especially for women), whether or not we encounter danger on a daily basis and a wide range of other factors.

Throughout the history of humankind there has never been a society like we have in the United States of America.

You can offer your own logic, but there are three reasons we have the society we have:

First, our inherent sense of initiative. We are willing to step out and make things happen in our lives, our communities, our nation and the world. Deep down we have an understanding that life can be better and we have the power to make it happen.

Next, our ability—whether we like it or not—to change. In a speech last year President Obama attributed much of our success as a nation to our willingness to accept and deal with change. And, all you Obamahaters can shut up for a few days, it’s the Fourth of July, we’re all Americans.

Finally, our military. Whether you agree with the missions the military carries out, the dollars spent on defense that might be spent elsewhere, or having a military at all, the truth is that the world ain’t always blue birds and lemonade. So you need to remember, as Winston Churchill once said, “We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men (and now, women) stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." If you are anti-military, I’ll go with Jack Nicholson’s line as Colonel Jessup in A Few Good Men, “I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it."

Have a great, safe Fourth of July and when you see a flag—and you’ll see many—offer up a little prayer for those who keep us safe.

See you next Tuesday.

1 comment:

  1. Well said, Mike! After a visit to eastern Europe and Africa, it's easy to see how blessed we are to live here!