On the Fourth of July we celebrate our Freedom. We celebrate Democracy. Liberty and Democracy is indeed precious to all Americans. We must never forget how lucky we really are as we ponder the fate of other people in distant lands. We are fortunate that we live in this great country. We reflect and give thanks for our blessed condition in life. We salute our Founding Fathers and commend their wisdom which established the greatest constitutional form of government in the world. For all that and much more, we must never forget or let this Union fall by the wayside.

Here are some quotes for you to read as you enjoy the Fourth of July:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”                                                                                                (Declaration of Independence)

“Liberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility of saying No to any authority—literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social and even political.”                                                                                                          (Ignazio Silone/Italian author and politician)   

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.”             (John Fitzgerald Kennedy)

“Those wo won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.”                                                                                                                                                                  (Louis D. Brandeis)

“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the action, the spirit of men, and so it must be daily earned and refreshed-else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”                                  (Dwight D. Eisenhower)

“My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!”                                                                                                   (Thomas Jefferson)

“We are free, truly free, when we don’t need to rent our arms to anybody in order to be able to lift a piece of bread to our mouths.”                                                                                                                                        (Ricardo Flores Magon)