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4th of July reflections

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In the comments on other entries people are debating if the 4th of July is a liberal or conservative holiday.

I don't feel like debating that myself but it caused me to reflect on what freedom means.

I know most of us have heard so many cliche sayings around the holidays that I often hesitate to say anything thinking that I don't have much to add that hasn't been said.

But tonight as I watched the fireworks with family I felt like I should say something about what living in America means to me to a little loved one.

In America you are free to love the person of your dreams. Race, class, gender, and religion do not legally restrict people nor do people need to live in constant fear because of their love. Our government is empowered to protect our rights.

Countless generations of people have lived their whole life without this freedom. Sure, you might have been with the same person if you were restricted from loving another but it is hard to say with absolute certainty where the heart may have brought freedom to love.

With all of the freedom our nation offers us I am in love with the person that was made for me. That is a blessing.

In the natural rights all of us are born with love is included.

Happy Independence Day.

Thank you to all of those that protect our freedoms.

What comes to mind on the fourth to you?


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I was at a gas station last night with some friends having a conversation about a casual topic. We were enjoying our pump-side chat when a woman who appeared to be in her mid-forties approached us with a stern expression on her face. She said to us,
"You boys should turn around and watch the fireworks and be quiet for 10 minutes. You're lucky you live in a free country and that you didn't have to have your arms and legs blown off by a landmine to make it this way."
I turned and replied, "Yes we are lucky that we live in a free country. Here we are free to not watch the firework show, and have an idle conversation among friends."
She looked shocked while she turned and walked away.
It's important on the 4th of July, or any other day for that matter, to remember not to be so obsessed with being patrotic that you forget what freedom is.

Brian,

Your blog reminds me of what it means to be an American on this 4th of July. Here, in the blogosphere, we can all share our ideas and opinions without fear of being stifled or harassed by the government. Sure, things get a bit heated and testy sometimes. That's what democracy is all about. It may be a bit messy, but it's the best system of government on earth.

Thanks for allowing us this opporunity, my man!

Flamo,

Thanks for the kind words. This doesn't work without input and contributions from a variety of sources.

Gave proof through the night that our blog was still there.

Oh, say does that Ventura Star-spangled ad banner yet wave.

O'er the land of the free and the blog of the brave.

I have Swedish ancestors who came to the United States because they were not allowed to marry in Sweden. One was noble class and one was a peasant. They were married on the ship to America.

I hope we all defend, enjoy and appreciate our freedoms!

Leslie,

Did that influence your opinion on same sex marriage?

I recommend reading the Declaration on the 4th, aloud is best.

I love to hear the introduction- so inspired, so inspiring.

And I love the shiver it gives me as the document goes on- so radical.

We are the children of revolutionaries, free thinkers. I love to take a few minutes to honor that.

Brian - I wrote my comments and then was away from the computer a couple days so sorry for no follow up.
Yes, it probably had a subconscious affect on my attitude about freedom and the United States.
I grew up in a very traditional family and really had no knowing contact with gays until I later got a job in the airline industry. Back in the 70's and early 80's there many gays working for airlines. Any fears or worries I might have had about that unknown were erased by working side by side with colleagues who were gay. I learned that aside from their sexual preferences, they were just like everyone else (seems obvious these days but it was nice to learn so in real life) - trying to pay the bills, etc. Some were nice, some were jerks, some were hard workers and some were no so.
Some would have wanted marriage as an option, and some would not.
I like to think that our country is kind enough, and still concerned enough about civil rights to allow gays to marry should they choose.
I also hope that gays not only define themsellves by their sexuality, but also by their professions and accomplishments n life - just like everyone else.

I think the last thing this world needs to worry about is people loving each other.

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