Today is the Fourth of July. May we celebrate freedom. May we express gratitude to God for His hand of blessing on our nation through the years. May we be diligent to defend our freedom and to support those who risk their lives that we might enjoy it.
On this Independence Day, I offer a few of my favorite quotations:
- Freedom is a possession of inestimable value. – Cicero
- If our democracy is to flourish, it must have criticism; if our government is to function it must have dissent. – Henry Commager
- True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time. – Sir Winston Churchill
- And so, my fellow americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. – John F. Kennedy
- Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin
- I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. – James Madison
- On account of being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does. – Will Rogers
- In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
- The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. – Thomas Jefferson
- Americans are a free people, who know that freedom is the right of every person and the future of every nation. The liberty we prize is not America’s gift to the world; it is God’s gift to humanity. – George W. Bush
- The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter. – Sir Winston Churchill
- There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. – Ronald Reagan
- A society that puts equality… ahead of freedom will end up with neither. – Milton Friedman
- Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide. – John Adams
- The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment. – Robert Maynard Hutchins
- Democracy is, first and foremost, a spiritual force, it is built upon a spiritual basis – and on a belief in God and an observance of moral principle. And in the long run only the church can provide that basis. Our founder knew this truth – and we will neglect it at our peril. – Harry S. Truman
- I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death. – Patrick Henry
Me too, Patrick. Me too.
Happy birthday, America . . . and best wishes and fervent prayers for many more.