Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must undergo the fatigue of supporting it

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the American colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.
 

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.  ~Thomas Paine

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

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.  ~Elmer Davis

The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.  ~Woodrow Wilson

Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.  ~Harry Emerson Fosdick

Let freedom never perish in your hands.  ~Joseph Addison

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 gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.  ~Erma Bombeck

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, 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

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

A statistician made a few calculations and discovered that since the birth of our nation more lives had been lost in celebrating independence than in winning it.  ~Curtis Billings

Freedom's natal day is here.
Fire the guns and shout for freedom,
See the flag above unfurled!
Hail the stars and stripes forever,
Dearest flag in all the world.
~Florence A. Jones

This, then, is the state of the union:  free and restless, growing and full of hope.  So it was in the beginning.  So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.  ~Lyndon B. Johnson

For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

That which distinguishes this day from all others is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges.  ~John Burroughs, Journal

Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.  ~Louis D. Brandeis

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.  ~Albert Camus

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.  ~Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler

Liberty is the breath of life to nations.  ~George Bernard Shaw

America is much more than a geographical fact.  It is a political and moral fact – the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality.  ~Adlai Stevenson

May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely, than this our own country!  ~Daniel Webster

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

If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace.  ~Hamilton Fish

I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery.  ~Author Unknown

I love my freedom.  I love my America.  ~Jessi Lane Adams

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sjohnson
    Jul 03, 2010 @ 15:40:00

    Erma Bombeck for President!!!! Oh wait…Ok, Stewart/Colbert 2016!!!

    Reply

  2. Syrin from Wasilla
    Jul 03, 2010 @ 15:53:00

    Happy Independence Day!! Erma said it! that's how I celebrate this great American experiment
    And to our friends in Canada Happy Canada Day Celebrated July 1

    Reply

  3. ken
    Jul 03, 2010 @ 19:09:00

    well said,happy 4th,

    Reply

  4. sjohnson
    Jul 03, 2010 @ 20:24:00

    Canada Day is July 1st. Close enough. Who cares? Celebrate.

    Reply

  5. Syrin from Wasilla
    Jul 04, 2010 @ 09:51:00

    Hey now, remember I live in Alaska and we have a significant investment with Canada.. $500M to be exact!! Let's Just Celebrate!

    Reply

  6. Syrin from Wasilla
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 11:11:00

    Canada: Interesting

    We know Canadian and Alaska/US government leaders mean well but Arctic gas pipes are still dreams.

    Reply

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