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Memorial Day 2012

This afternoon I was relaxing and scanning the Google+ Posts when I stumbled upon this image.  It is from the Boston Common.  33,000 American Flags to represent 33,000 Bostonians who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

I found it moving and very illustrating.  And wanted to share it today.  These 33,000 soldiers gave everything so others would not have to.  Cliché?  I don’t think so.

Among the many comments there was one from a very demonic-looking man from Tehran.  His “death to America” comment reminded me and hopefully everyone why we need such selfless young men and women defending not only our freedom but the freedom of people throughout the world.

May we not be boastful or arrogant but with humility and altruism continue to promote freedom against tyrants, who through fear and murder oppress billions in the name of religion, fairness, or other ideologies.

What July Fourth Means to 2 Presidents

Today I’m not trying to rip on anyone only to understand what forms the basis of patriotism in the minds and hearts of two transformative American Presidents.  What are the life experiences that shape a man’s world view and the view he holds of his nation.  What follows are two speeches on that theme.  They tell very different stories and paint pictures both obvious and not so obvious.  Without analysis from me I reprint both speeches.

The following speech was delivered on July 4, 1981.

What July Fourth Means to Me

For one who was born and grew up in the small towns of the Midwest, there is a special kind of nostalgia about the Fourth of July.

I remember it as a day almost as long-anticipated as Christmas. This was helped along by the appearance in store windows of all kinds of fireworks and colorful posters advertising them with vivid pictures.

No later than the third of July – sometimes earlier – Dad would bring home what he felt he could afford to see go up in smoke and flame. We’d count and recount the number of firecrackers, display pieces and other things and go to bed determined to be up with the sun so as to offer the first, thunderous notice of the Fourth of July.

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2009, Year in Review

Today we will finally put 2009 behind us.  Truly a historic year, how it will finally be remembered is debatable at this point.  History rarely frames events with the same level of importance we assign them in the moment.  Will 2009 be the counterpart to 1989?  1989 marked the fall of communism and the beginning of democracy in Eastern Europe.  Will 2009 be remembered as the fall of free markets and the beginning of dictatorial government in the United States?  Or will the extreme arrogance of Democrats now holding both the Executive and Legislative branches of government result in their demise?  Perhaps 2009 will go down as the year overly ambitious liberals buried themselves.  I’m just asking asking the questions.  Now, let’s briefly review some of the year’s historic events.

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