Publisher's Notebook: July 4th a day to celebrate our freedomsJOE MCQUAID
June 29. 2014 6:44PM
The 4th of July is on Friday, in case you were distracted by World Cup soccer or were trying to figure out how many games David Ortiz can win for the hapless Red Sox all by himself. (Answer: Not enough.)
The 4th is a great holiday. The only gift you need to give is to wish your country a happy birthday and to understand that we are a free country only if we stand up for that freedom. It is all too easy to have the government intrude a little here and a little there, and pretty soon, there is little of our liberty left.
A political candidate mused to me the other day about whether the Founding Fathers would have considered unlimited money in campaigns as a form of speech.
I put it this way back at him:
Would the Founding Fathers have liked being told that they couldn’t use their own money the way they wished?
There are fireworks celebrations in New Hampshire this week. (Thursday night at Arms Park here in Manchester.). I am surprised we are allowed to have such things, even though Founding Father John Adams hoped that our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain would be forever celebrated thusly.
“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America,’’ Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail. (He was only off by two days.)
“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 Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.
“You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”
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