Commonwealth Journal

Editorials

July 6, 2012

They fight for liberty

(Continued)

Somerset —

On the 4th we will set off great fireworks as Washington envisioned and we will celebrate the rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air and that is as it should be. A great nation needs to remember the foundational circumstances that gave birth to our country that we love. We will celebrate the men and women who serve in our armed forces so that we can live the kind of life here that will never know the horror they see. But there are others that are often unsung and they are the ones that fought in streets with demonstrations and in courts with lawsuits to reclaim or ensure the blessings of liberty.
This year take an expansive view of who fights for our country and think not only of the revolutionaries or our armed forces but also of someone who fights on the home front in a different way. It is recounted that Benjamin Franklin upon exiting the session that drew up the Constitution was asked by a woman what he and his cohorts had given them. His reply was, “a republic, Madam, if you can keep it.” Never forget that it all began with citizens talking among themselves about ideas that had only been know heretofore in books of philosophy. Let that be a cause for celebration in your life and a renewal of dedication to the notion that all men are created equal. And don't leave out the women. They have fought as hard as the men. And remember that we can only lose it from within.
My take on this July 4th celebration. The 236th of our history. Tell me what you think.
 
rmoore@somerset-kentucky.com

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