HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY
An American Without Reserve: "I was born an American; I live an American; I shall die an American; and I intend to perform the duties incumbent upon me in that character to the end of my career. I mean to do this with absolute disregard of personal consequences. What are the personal consequences? What is the individual man, with all the good or evil that may betide him, in comparison with the good or evil which may befall a great country, and in the midst of great transactions which concern that country's fate? Let the consequences be what they will, I am careless. No man can suffer too much, and no man can fall too soon, if he suffer, or if he fall, in the defense of the liberties and constitution of his country." - Daniel Webster
"It does not take a majority to prevail...but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams
"We must all hang together, for surely if we don't, we will hang separately" - Ben Franklin (after signing the Declaration of Independence)
"Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" - Patrick Henry
The United States of America was founded in the minds - and with the blood - of genius. This is our national progeny, which is something we must always remember and live up to...Never forget the incredible toil and sacrifice it took to found our great country. And, never forget the incredible toil and sacrifice we must face in the future to keep our great country.
Have a great Independence Day, and remember why it is you have the freedom to celebrate such a wonderful holiday...The 4th of July is a time of celebration, but as always, should also be a time of reflection.