On this day, July 4th, 2009, we especially need to pause and appreciate the freedoms that we have to enjoy.
free press – It can report even the most uncomfortable details of an elected official. This has been a rough week for the governor, yet to maintain a government “by the people”, it is necessary for this free press to continue.
freedom of speech – As citizens of this great land, you and I have the freedom to speak our mind to newspapers, blogs like this, talk radio, tv, twitter, and facebook, etc. I enjoy the participants of this blog (even the harsh critics)
strong military – Thousands of men and women are putting themselves in harms way all around the world to protect these freedoms.
free elections – You have the right to vote in or vote out your elected officials. We have the right to decide what issues are important to us and which ones are not. This very debate of one’s personal decisions are up to you to decide what factors determine your vote.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.”
Ronald Reagan to the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, March 30, 1961