The republic worth preserving

 

COMMON SENSE

“In the following sheets, the author hath studiously avoided every thing which is personal among ourselves. Compliments as well as censure to individuals make no part thereof. The wise and the worthy need not the triumph of a pamphlet; and those whose sentiments are injudicious or unfriendly, will cease of themselves, unless too much pains is bestowed upon their conversion.”

  July 4th, 2010

Celebrating the Declaration of Independence

Happy Birthday, America

Conceived in liberty, born in conflict, the United States of America has stood as a beacon of hope for mankind the world over, ever since that fateful day 234 years ago in Philadelphia, when courageous men signed the Declaration of Independence. They came from all walks of life, but shared one thing in common, a burning desire to be free, and to confer that freedom to all of their descendants, whether by family ties or those bound by the unity of their American citizenship.

The road we have walked as American has rarely been smooth or straight. We have been challenged and tested many times in many ways – by wars, natural disasters, disease, economic chaos, political strife, and yet the underlying documents that bind us have prevailed until now.

 Today, we stand at crossroads as we face a new kind of enemy, more insidious, and in numerous ways, more insidious than any we have ever known. The enemy is among us, having insinuated its way into the highest offices of the land, threatening our liberty and the very foundations that have made us the nation we have become.

There have been times past when our patriotism has waxed and waned, when the pedestrian burdens that life imposes have distracted us, when we have become complacent in the assumption that all we enjoy is the normal human condition, but it is not. Our liberty was hard won, and must be fought for to maintain.

We are reminded, today, of an immigrant to these shores – Mr. Thomas Paine, a man of modest means who became an anonymous pamphleteer, in a role we well know. Mr. Paine cloaked himself in anonymity to avoid the hangman’s noose. Not all of brave signers of the Declaration of Independence were equally fortunate to survive the Revolution without having to wear the necktie of death. We at   C O M M O N  S E N S E are similarly anonymous, but for reasons that we wish only our ideas to be challenged, and this is best accomplished without the publication of persona.

Throughout the year, we normally ask you to examine just facts and events using your intellect. Today, on our Nation’s birthday, we would like to pull at the heartstrings of your emotions.

Feel free to read the Declaration of Independence http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/  and then take a moment to see and hear the debut of one of our nation’s most stirring anthems. Written in 1917 by Irving Berlin, it was first performed by Kate Smith on Armistice Day, November 11, 1941, just a bare two weeks before the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnQDW-NMaRs As you hear the words, join us in wishing America a grand happy birthday, with many happy returns.

God Bless America.

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Who the author of this Production is, is wholly unnecessary to the Public, as the Object for Attention is the Doctrine itself, not the Man. Yet it may not be unnecessary to say, That he is unconnected with any Party, and under no sort of Influence public or private, but the influence of reason and principle.

Philadelphia, February 14, 1776.”

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Comments

  1. Steve Calabrese says

    In the spirit of the article, let reflect on the importance of anonymity in public discourse, and be mindful of those, be they Democrats who are beholden to powerful entertainment industry lobbyists, or Republican, who desire “law and order” above all else – even freedom – and remember to be suspicious of those who want to make it easier for the government to regulate or monitor the Internet.

    Whether it’s in the name of requiring “campaign financial reports” for blogging websites, or setting standards on what people can see, or laws to compel ISPs to release data, no matter how relevant, to any government entity that has someone who can type, there will always be those who want to “regulate” the Internet. And let us not forget those who want to ban “hate speech”, which all too often is defined as “saying something I don’t like.”

    Be mindful of creeping authority. And run whenever someone says that we must do something “for the children.”

  2. Alicia Gegner says

    Well, I do stuff for my children, but that has to be my decision, not the government’s.

    I am too young to remember WW2 or Kate Smith, but my dad had told me about those days. The patriotism was real, not phonied up. I got goosebumps listening to that music. Amazing.

    I think C O M M O N S E N SE, or whoever writes for them, does a good job writing, but they are not too good in math. The year 1918, which was the date of armistice for WW1 plus 21 years = 1939, not 1941 like the article said. close works in horseshoes, but not when you are trying to offer a history lesson to the reading public. Other than that, I really like
    Common Sense and their American Post Gazette.

    I wish we had parades like I see in the old movies. Dad told me that it really was like that when he was a young guy – parades up Main Street, the nurses marching, firetruck with volunteer fireman, the police, and the old retired army, navy, marines and army air corps, before we had an air force that was separate.

    Life was in color, but things were black and white. Makes sense. Today, not much makes sense, except Common Sense..

  3. Steve Calabrese says

    Alicia:

    The Gilbert Days parade in November is still kind of like that.

  4. The Mole says

    On the Fourth of July we remember the small band of patriots determined to live free. They pledged all they had so future generation could live free. The very system they created has allowed the creation of today’s problems, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    We should remember the words of Franklin who said when asked what form of government they created, “a Republic, if you can keep it.”

    We are now going to find out if we can keep it. It’s up to us. No one will do it for us.

  5. The United States of America is the best. The rest of the world looks up to us, wether they admit it or not.Why else would so many want to emmigrate here?

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