Friday, July 3, 2009
This flag was erected shortly after the attacks of 9/11 on an old building along a busy highway near our house. I've wanted to take a photo of it forever, but never felt comfortable stopping on the busy road. SO, I took a drive-by pic ~ sorry that it's a little blurry....
I LOVE the juxtaposition of the American flag and Flight 93's Todd Beamer's famous line, "Let's Roll" against the stone building that was probably built over 100 years ago.
I think it's a wonderful reminder of the foundation that our country was built upon
~ a foundation of an enduring spirit
~ a foundation of freedom FOR ALL
~ a foundation of a government that is OF the people, BY the people,
and most importantly, FOR the people.
When I think of the current climate in our country's capital, it saddens me:
The PR spin that somehow America owes everyone an apology for being a worldwide bully, instead of the champion of freedom that we've always been.
The granting of rights for special interest groups [lobbyists] that threaten to squash the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion for the majority...that threaten the very freedom of personal conviction and belief ~ all in the name of "protection."
The taxation without representation that is being ramrodded through our house and senate without many checks or balances.
I think our Founding Fathers would turn over in their graves if they saw the mess our government has made of itself.
As we celebrate America's Independence this weekend with our backyard barbecues and fireworks shows, I hope we also remember how precious our hard won freedom is.
I hope we remember the honorable men and women that stand up and fight for freedom throughout our world as members of the armed services.
I hope we remember the spirit of America.
I hope we can snap out of our complacency and stand up to the ridiculousness in Washington and tell them enough is enough.
I challenge you to become more aware of what our leaders are trying to accomplish. I challenge you to independently research pending legislation. I challenge you to write letters, send emails, and make phone calls to your elected representatives to tell them your opinion.
....[stepping down off my soapbox now]
Have a Happy 4th of July! :) America, let's roll!!!
The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
~ Albert Einstein