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July 04, 2016

The Fourth of July

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Photo Credit: Raleigh South Carolina

On July 4th 1776 Brits in America declared their independence from Britain. They took their principles of freedom and fair play from the freedoms and fair play established and defended in Britain for over a thousand years. See the Liberty Timeline.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.- Declaration of Independence

Americans created a country where freedom of speech, freedom of religion, just laws, limited-constitutional-representative government, and equality of opportunity (not equality of outcome) were established and defended, again and again. Freedom, representative government and equality of opportunity are always under attack.

Americans did not give up when powerful, greedy, small-minded people and ideological fanatics tried to destroy freedom and fair play -- sometimes under the name of freedom and fair play!

We will not give up today.

This is an edited reprint of an earlier post.

July 02, 2016

Freedom

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Men and women worked for more than twenty-five years to alert Brits to the dangers to freedom of the EU project. The results of the Referendum tell you whether those warnings were heeded or whether a tsunami of events created Vote Leave.

No one would argue with the EU's ideals--a continent without war. We could not view the EU's inexorable drift away from representative government without alarm.

We love European art, music, literature, philosophy and European cities and country which speak of beauty. Even more we love the teachings of Jesus, which call for us to love each other, to treat each other fairly, to respect the dignity of every human being and to live freely. How else can we love, treat others fairly or respect their dignity unless we are free?

We pray for the freedom of the people of the United Kingdom now, a week after the results of the Referendum, just as we did before. Life is hardly worth living without freedom.

It is always worth defending.

The morning after

We think of that awful morning when the wounded looked out and saw those who had died and heard the cries of the dying. Their friends. Their brothers. World War One, the Battle of the Somme.

British women came out and at risk of their lives brought the injured to safety from the battlefield.

Country Life lists museum resources, lest we forget the Great War.

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