Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Happy Independence Day
Independence Day is the answer to the Dixie Chick's musing about "why
patriotism is necessary, anyway."
The founders, well educated in both the Bible and Western Civilization,
combined the two, winding up with the radical notion that nations ought to
exist, not to ensure the rights of their rulers, but to protect the rights of their
individual citizens, since it was those individuals in whom God invested rights.
This notion remains radical, even today.
Even in our tarnished state, the United States remains the greatest
representative of the notion that people are endowed by God with their rights,
and that the sole responsibility of government is to protect those rights. That
is why people still risk all to travel not to Cuba, not to China or any other
worker's paradise, but to the United States of America, and that is why I am
proud to be a patriot, and proud to support and defend our constitution against
all enemies, foreign and domestic, as an officer in her military.