This picture was taken, a few years ago, from the Memorial above the Arizona wreckage
in Oahu, Hawaii.
He that would make his own liberty secure,
must guard even his enemy from opposition;
for if he violates this duty
he establishes a precedent
that will reach himself.
~ Thomas Paine
Wow. How's that for a quote.
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence
every July 4, not with a parade of guns,
tanks and soldiers who file
by the White House in a show of strength and muscle,
but with family picnics
where kids throw Frisbees,
the potato salad get iffy,
and the flies die from happiness.
You may think you have overeaten,
but it is patriotism.
Another great quote by the beloved Erma. She was brilliant
in so many ways.
Those who won our independence
believed liberty to be the secret of happiness
and courage to be the secret of liberty.
~Louis D. Brandeis
We on this continent should never forget
that men first crossed the Atlantic
not to find soil for their ploughs
but to secure liberty for their souls.
~Robert J. McCracken
It is the love of country that has lighted
and that keeps glowing the holy fire
~J. Horace McFarland
From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.
~Samuel F. Smith, "America"