The Fourth of July, 2015

America will never be destroyed from the outside.  If we falter and lose our freedoms, it is be because we destroyed ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln

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We have a rather large responsibility as Lincoln sees it.  It is the responsibility to be responsible.  To remain whole, one nation, civilized and grateful.

Will we be the first in our history to falter?

Bickering.  Legions of special pleaders finding fault with this or that and always advocating and agitating for their own desires no matter what the cost to others, to the nation, to future generations.  And few mature and wise voices to remind us what Mr. Lincoln said, how privileged we are to be Americans.

Have we not had quite enough dividing one from another?  Have we not been careless enough with our financial future, our security.  Might we pause today and think about unity?

And where oh where is our leadership contribution in the West?  In the world?

In the United States religion … directs the customs of the community, and, by regulating domestic life, it regulates the state.

Alexis de Tocqueville, 1839

America!  America!  God mend thine ev’ry flaw, confirm they soul in self-control, they liberty in law.

America!  America!  God shed his grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.

Katherine Lee Bates