Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Today Isn’t Really About…

Today, July 4th, isn’t really about fireworks, parades, picnics and beer. It’s about this:

Several years ago I had a professor and friend who said he re-reads the Declaration of Independence every July 4th, no matter how else he celebrates the U.S.A.’s National Holiday. Since then I, too, have re-read it each 4th of July. It is a powerful reminder of what one may otherwise forget.

Should you want to read the Declaration of Independence today, it can be found many places, including here.


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 (1918 - )

Note: According to Blogger, this is my 700th blog post.


  1. Truth.

    I love being an American! I still have the Preamble memorized from the fourth grade. Periodically, I'll sing it -schoolhouse rock style- to the kids.

    Happy Fourth of July!!!

  2. A reread of this document will do us all good - I did so and thanks for the reminder. ec

  3. Clicking on the link took me to a blank page. ?? Probably just my computer.

    The text is also on my my blogs.

  4. congrats on the 700th post.

    More people need to remind themselves about that - Thanks for the reminder :)

    Have a good one!!

  5. Happy Independence Day back at you!!

    A timely reminder, Nick. I agree, it should be read AT LEAST once a year and the 4th is a fitting day to do so. Thanks to your link, I just re-read it myself. Perhaps I need to provide a permanent link to it on my blog; for myself and others.

    Thanks for a great post today!

  6. Good idea. I'll take you up on it.

  7. Have a Happy, safe Fourth, Nick!

    & congrats on your 700th, too:)

  8. Well now you can tell yourself all those fireworks - just to celebrate your 700th post! Well done.

  9. I grew up in the military. we lived on base my whole childhood.

    I still cry when the flags pass by at parades...

  10. I’m back for another comment. The River Front fireworks display just ended. I’m sure you could see at least part of it from your “hill top” house. As I drove home I realized how much I love the parades, picnics, and fireworks of the 4th of July. But the beer drinkers and drunks really bother me as I become older. I wish they would just stay off the streets and out of the crowds so they would not spoil the day for others.

  11. I think it's lovely to read about the patriotism of one's fellow countrymen. We show our patriotism on Australia Day, too. It's nice to belong, isn't it?

    And it's lovely to think we're generous enough to allow displaced people, refugees, etc from other parts of the world to come and live in our country so that they may also share in the patriotism and other good things we take for granted.

    Good post, Nick.

  12. this is gonna be a long comment, but since its been sometime i caught with you, i am sure u will not be that bored.

    my first interest in the DoI was when i saw "national treasure" and there is this dialogue that cage says " pursuit of happiness.... people dont talk like that anymore"

    the DoI if i may, is a single and powerful piece of paper, because it was inked by the vision of those individuals who had the heart of true men, and who gave everything to what they beleived "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"

    What an idealogy ... and where are we on it..??

  13. Hi Nick ~~ Good post for the 4th July
    It is nice we all have these special birthdays of our countries.

    Congratulations on your 700th post.
    Well done Nick. Glad you left those imaginary friends behind you, back in your childhood.
    Sounds as though your mother is doing well, which is good. Take care,
    Best wishes, Merle.

  14. It's interesting of what the fireworks really represent, isn't it? BBQ's and parties have taken place of the tragedies that once occured, as a result of war. Interestingly enough, Thanksgiving is one of those occasions where I find myself saying, "Why are we doing this?" But that's a whole other' story in itself!

    Happy 700th post! Wow! Quite impressive. I'm glad I found you!


    Be well my friend.

  15. Happy belated 4th of July, Nick. Great post!


  16. Happy 4th - love the quote!

  17. Thanks for the reminder on the Declaration! Hope you had a great 4th. And congrats on the 700th post!

  18. Nick, this is a marvelous post! How true, how very true!

  19. ` Wow! I think I'll pick up that tradition too! I've always wanted to read the Inclaration of Decklapendence... if only I weren't so dyslexic!