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.....

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

"Citizen" - Our Highest Calling

"We may do different jobs, and wear different uniforms, and hold different views than the person beside us. But as Americans, we all share the same proud title: We are citizens. It’s a word that doesn’t just describe our nationality or legal status. It describes the way we’re made. It describes what we believe. It captures the enduring idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations; that our rights are wrapped up in the rights of others; and that well into our third century as a nation, it remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States, to be the authors of the next great chapter in our American story." Barack Obama, State of the Union Address (2013).

Just a few hours ago, President Obama explained that perhaps our highest calling is that of "citizen."  As citizens, we have certain rights, and certain duties and obligations.  We have a Constitution we are sworn to uphold, a country to protect, and liberty to defend.  The First Principle of the Social Compact requires that we take these obligations seriously.  When we fail to do so, our social fabric unravels, and we are all at risk.  Far too many fail to vote, fail to become educated in the issues of the day, and trample on the law without even thinking about it.  Take your responsibilities as citizen seriously, and encourage others to do the same.  Freedom depends on it.

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