Sunday, July 6, 2014

Quote of the Week

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. 
- Woodrow Wilson

Having just celebrated our 238th birthday as a free nation, it seems appropriate to look back at just how important those documents signed long ago still are to us today. Our founding fathers put pen to parchment to declare us free, and much has been sacrificed to achieve and maintain our freedom.


The signing of the Declaration of Independence.
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They further ensured our rights with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Among other things, we can speak freely (First Amendment) and protect and defend not only ourselves and our families, but defend our freedoms as well (Second Amendment.) The 15th, 19th and 26th amendments ensure our right to vote.


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The 13th amendment abolished slavery. Inspired words from Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg address in 1863:

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal .... that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

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Let Freedom Ring!

3 comments:

  1. BEAUTIFUL post! Do you know our newspaper had a quiz about the Declaration and none of us got all the questions right? It was embarrassing! But we learned taking it out loud. Loved this!

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  2. This is a great post. The last quote really touched me. Sometimes I think we get so comfortable with the comforts and protection; we forget the roots of our freedoms.

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  3. Katherine- Thank you. Embarrassing yes, but I'm sure many of us would miss questions and could use a refresher.

    Sara- This is true, but we must never forget lest we lose our ability to choose for ourselves.

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