Those who follow this blog on regular basis may have noticed the mood has been one of reflection this past few days. As this is the Fourth of July that reflection has taken on a deeper, more somber tone.
It is my sincere hope and prayer that as you celebrate this illustrious holiday with family and friends there will be time for reflection on just how amazing and rare this experiment in self government is. In spite of our warts and blemishes, in spite of of our less than stellar history in regards to slavery and to genocidal policies toward the native people, we are still a nation that talks of building walls to stem the tide of immigrants rather than building walls to keep the people from fleeing.
With all due respect, regardless of race or creed, I sincerely ask that on this auspicious holiday thought be given to these words from Chief Justice Earl Warren. “I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing the Good Book and the Spirit of the Savior have from the beginning been our guiding geniuses…Whether we look to the First Charter of Virginia, or to the Charter of New England, of to the Charter of Massachusetts bay, or the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut. The same object is present, a Christian land governed by Christian principles. I believe the entire Bill of Rights came into being because of the knowledge our forefathers had of the Bible and their belief in it; freedom of belief, of expression, of assembly, of petition, the dignity of the individual, the sanctity of the home, equal justice under the law, and the reservation of powers to the people. I like to believe we are living today in the spirit of the Christian religion. I like also to believe that as long as we do so, no great harm can come to our country.”
Have a wonderful holiday.
In closing I leave you with these suggestions for discovering, or rediscovering, what makes this nation the most amazing republic in the history of mankind.

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