Sunday, July 4, 2010

An Exercise In Freedom...!

Happy Birthday, America!

I wanted you all to read this little excerpt from the Constitution, if for no other reason than to remind us all what this day is all about.

It also points out our responsibility in dealing with the government...and that is a very large responsibility that should not be taken lightly!

What we are talking about here, folks, is our very freedom itself! I think we should pay close attention!

Text from The Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

We need to continue to read and teach these words...and be ever vigilant. Maybe even more so now than ever before!

Now, my friends, let's get some fresh coffee and sit outside on the patio for a bit. We can toast to our great country on this very special day!


The cottage by the Cranelake said...

I just want to wish You a Happy Fourth of July!

JoJo said...

Good Morning My Special One
Happy 4th and good read this morning.
Glad the rain stopped for you, will be happy to sit and drink some coffee on the patio.

Mayberry said...

Sadly those words have been forgotten by all but a tiny percentage of Americans. Something like III% ; )

Ken said...

...Happy Independence Day,Jim...(holding up coffee cup to toast)

HermitJim said...

Hey Christer...
I thank you, sir! I certainly appreciate it this morning!

I'm sure all my fellow Americans appreciate it as well!

Thanks so much for coming by today!

Hey JoJo...
Good morning to you, sweetie!

I do hope you are having a good holiday! Lots of cooking out and partying, no doubt!

You try and behave, OK? thanks for coming by this morning!

Hey mayberry...
I'm afraid you're right, my frien! At least some of us can keep the dream alive!

Happy 4th and thanks for coming by today!

Hey Ken...
Back at ya with the raised cup, buddy!

God Bless the Republic!

Thanks for dropping by today!

Kyddryn said...

"...deriving their just power from the consent of the governed..."

Seems to me a few folks have forgotten that bit.

I wonder what will happen when enough of us no longer consent??

To be a little shameless...I have the full Declaration posted over at my place today (as it is every year on this date), if you're interested in reading the whole.

I hope you and your readers have a wonderful Independence Day, Mister Hermit, sir - we'll be hanging out at a pool with good friends, good food, and more than a little political

May the only fireworks you experience today be the sort that sparkle in the sky.

Shade and Sweetwater,

Mechanic in Illinois said...

We will institute a new government come Nov if there's anything left by then. If not I'm also sure the III's will have something to say about it. That will help my pursuit of happiness. Thanks for another great lesson and have a great 4th.

edifice rex said...

Happy Forth and God Bless America!! you are right, we need to memorize those words and keep them in our hearts all the time.

Did it MY way said...

Happy 4th Jim;

I'll raise my glass of Jack in November. If November does not work....lock and load.

God Bless the Republic.

See Ya

Dizzy-Dick said...

Have a great 4th. Will you be able to see the fireworks from your home? Neighbors here put off way too many, and one of my small dogs is extremely scared of them.

As I posted on Ben's site, "Pray for our freedom, it seems to be slipping away very quickly."

Beth said...

Hey Bubba, Happy 4th to ya. I expect some folks to drop by tonight as one can see the city's fireworks display from my drive (most of it anyway).
I feel sorry for Mom on nights like this. I know she believes in the Declaration just not the Bang Bangs.
My grandson's 22nd b.d. today!
Love ya.

HermitJim said...

Hey K...
I hope you have a great time around the pool, you lucky devil!

Certainly nothing wrong with a good discussion!

Happy 4th, lady!

Hey Mechanic...
Let's hope the lid stays on until November.

Have a good 4th, my friend!

Hey ER...
Good to see you today! Of all the things we could commit to memory, this is one of the best!

I hope you have a great holiday, my friend! Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Tony...
Let's hope it doen't come to that, but stay prepared just in case!

Thanks for the visit, buddy!

Hey Dizzy...
Gotta make sure we do all that we can to ensure we continue to enjoy those freedoms!

Have a very safe 4th, my friend!

Hey Sis...
Enjoy the fireworks display! Hopefully it will be quiet around here!

Thanks for taking the time to come by today!

Tatersmama said...

Hear hear!
Happy 4th of July my friend, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!!!
Did you know that in addition to the USA turning 234, the 50-star American flag is officially 50 YEARS OLD today!
(Law directs that a newly-designed U. S. flag becomes official on the first July 4th observance following the admission of a new state, and Hawaii was admitted as the 50th state on Aug. 21, 1959!)
(and I'm old enough to remember it!)

HermitJim said...

Hey Tatersmama...
See, you taught me something today! I'm surprised that as young as you can remember that about the flag!

hope you had a real good 4th...and I thank you for coming by today!