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Happy Independence Day 2019
Author: Will in Chicago    Date: 07/04/2019 16:03:25

Happy Independence Day 2019!!!



My hope is that we will celebrate peacefully with family and friends today as we think about this nation.


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Here are some thoughts on patriotism and political loyalty from President Theodore Roosevelt:


The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly as necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.

 

1 comments (Latest Comment: 07/04/2019 22:21:12 by TriSec)
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Comment by TriSec on 07/04/2019 22:21:12
YA know folks, I was poring over the Declaration of Independence just now, in my annual reading, and I have discovered a stunning passage.

This whole immigration business is patently American; it is in fact, one of the reasons enumerated in said declaration against the Tyrant King.


He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.


We did indeed go to war over this 243 years ago.