Renewing the American Spirit

Patriot Week begins on 9/11 and ends on 9/17 (the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution (Constitution Day)) and renews America’s spirit by celebrating the First Principles, Founding Fathers and other Patriots, vital documents and speeches, and flags that make America the greatest nation in world history. Many of current holidays have become overly commercialized or have lost their deeper meaning. We need to invigorate our appreciation and understanding of America’s spirit. This blog is dedicated to keeping the spirit of Patriot Week - and America - alive all year long.....

Friday, February 10, 2012

Freedom Includes Rubbish...

"The price of freedom of religion or of speech, or of the press is that we must put up with . . . a good deal of rubbish."  Justice Robert H. Jackson.

Justice Jackson had it exactly right.  Freedom means the freedom to make mistakes, to talk outside of the political norm, and to be downright silly.  The ability to be free means we have to put up with the same thing from others.  The unalienable rights of the free exercise of religion, petition, speech, press and association means we have to suffer with the fools as well as with the brilliant.   It is for the marketplace of ideas to decide what will prevail in the end, not government censors.  Lets keep it that way.

For more, visit Patriot Week and America's Survival Guide

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Endowed by the Creator, NOT the Government

Alexander Hamilton summed up the American sentiment when he noted that "Natural liberty is a gift of the beneficent Creator to the whole human race."

For most of human history, Hamilton's words could be reworked as "liberty is a gift of the beneficent Government . . . ."  In 1776, America rejected that belief, and declared to the world that "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights  . . . ."

Unfortunately, all too often, it seems that our discourse has slid backwards to the Old World Order - in which the public must beg for privileges from the government.  When is the last time you heard a politician discuss unalienable rights?

I stand with the Founders and Hamilton.  If you do too, show it when you vote, participate in politics, and engage in political discourse.  Time to remind ourselves that our rights are from the Creator - and unalienable.

To learn more about unalienable rights, visit Patriot Week and America's Survival Guide.