Skip to comments.Do you know what day this is?(Excellent piece)
Posted on 07/04/2005 6:46:01 AM PDT by kellynla
Most people call today the 4th of July, or just the 4th. That's fine. But what we're really celebrating today is Independence Day.
The distinction is worth a thought. The 4th is parades, fireworks, squirt guns, bands and picnics. Independence Day is freedom and the community we call the United States of America.
But as sweet as it is to celebrate our independence, we should boldly celebrate something more: our delivery of the gift of independence to millions elsewhere.
Few nations have had the rare privilege of bestowing such a magnificent gift. It has happened only twice in the past 60 years, when the United States and its allies released tens of millions from fascism's grip, and when we and the Free World (we used to capitalize it) peacefully released millions from the captivity of Soviet communism.
Historically, you can't get much bigger than that. Yet, what's happening now might be as historic.
We have liberated two nations, and their millions of people, from brutal tyrannies. We have brought the prospect of democracy to the Middle East, a region that has rarely, if ever, known it. We have confronted today's most rancid oppressors.
It is notable that in all instances, we--the United States--were instrumental in these global victories. Can anyone really believe this was an accident? Can anyone doubt that our national character and our values had something to do with it? America's main export is freedom, and not just as an idea. Our actions have bettered the lives of millions. The price is high, but it's worth it.
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1814? The British invade Washington
1964? The Beatles invade the Ed Sullivan Show
no thanks troll - I'd rather tenderize him with a tack hammer and drown his limp body in pig urine.
any viking kitties around?
I don't know, ask Sadaam Hussein maybe he could tell you
YOU GOT A PROBLEM? DO YA'?
it figures a liberal would spend july 4th whining.
You lost. Bush kicked your --- twice.
Go clean your gas mask for the next protest against capitalism.