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As We Near the Fourth

State of the nation on or about July 4, 2012

By Arthur H. Gunther III

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The president gives his address in January; we the people take stock , our collective birthday, though most of us cannot trace American roots back to then.

So what is the State of the Nation as we near July 4, 2012? There are the scary negatives: Colorado fires, power outages in and around Washington, D.C., extreme heat across the country; unemployment; foreclosures; special interests that lobby not for the people; banks sitting on investment capital; Afghanistan and an extended, overworked military; and a deficit that if we had that amount for cash might wipe cancer out and provide college or post-high school training for all.

The positives: freedom, despite an overreach of rules and regulations since 9/11; Horatio Alger opportunity still works, though as always, with some sweat and luck; front-porch values there for the application; freedom of speech, press, religion, petition and assembly; freedom from want, freedom from fear; 236 years of group and personal sacrifice through war, slavery, the immigrant experience; birth of cities and suburbs and our rural land and their endurance; the ballot box opportunity, the better leaders among us and government when it works; and acceptance of the Churchill dictum: “… Democracy is the worst form of government except all others that have been tried.”

So, as we soon gather to have our July Fourth rest, picnics, fireworks and fun, we see the balance in this land still tipped in favor of what democracy, however imperfect, can do, has done, will do.

On Jan. 6, 1941, in an address to Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt told us: “Since the beginning of our American history, we have been engaged in change -- in a perpetual peaceful revolution -- a revolution which goes on steadily, quietly adjusting itself to changing conditions -- without the concentration camp or the quick-lime in the ditch. The world order which we seek is the cooperation of free countries, working together in a friendly, civilized society.This nation has placed its destiny in the hands and heads and hearts of its millions of free men and women; and its faith in freedom under the guidance of God. Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere. Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights or keep them. Our strength is our unity of purpose. To that high concept there can be no end save victory.”

A better statement of this USA there is not.

Happy Fourth!

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zen July 05, 2012 at 11:17 PM
CBO on health care reform http://cbo.gov/publication/43080
Mike July 05, 2012 at 11:51 PM
@BG7- Whoa, so the Declaration is a dangerous document used by evil counter revolutionaries. So then no less than President Lincoln was a traitor. Since in the greatest speech ever given by a POTUS or for that matter any other American, he essentially declared the Declaration to be superior to the Constitution in terms of our national identity in the Gettysburg Adress. At the time when the very survivability of The Union was at question, Lincoln went back not to the Constitution but to the Declaration. In fact, some have claimed he acted outside the Constitution in his Great Emanipation Proclamation. But how did he he support it- through the Declaration. The Constitution was crafted after the Articles of Confederation failed to essentially preserve the goals and visions of the Nation- to in fact preserve the Union. The point is by giving primacy to the Constitution you are allowing your rights to be Subjugated to a government and rights don't come from government. They come from God. And maybe that is why you fear the Declaration.
Mary July 06, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Here's a quick breakdown of Obama's track record... http://www.dailypaul.com/235727/a-breakdown-of-obamas-track-record That's just for starters...
Ed C July 09, 2012 at 02:42 PM
There's no question that Obama has weakened civil liberties in this country in a number of ways. One need not be a Romney support to see this. Glenn Greenwald, a constitutional lawyer (like Obama), has written extensively on this on Salon.com. Here's one of his many pieces: http://www.salon.com/2012/02/08/repulsive_progressive_hypocrisy/ See also: http://www.salon.com/2012/04/20/obamas_dismal_civil_liberties_record/singleton/
Ed C July 09, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Ed C 10:42 am on Monday, July 9, 2012 There's no question that Obama has weakened civil liberties in this country in a number of ways. One need not be a Romney supporter to see this. Glenn Greenwald, a constitutional lawyer (like Obama), has written extensively on this on Salon.com. Here's one of his many pieces: http://www.salon.com/2012/02/08/repulsive_progressive_hypocrisy/ See also: http://www.salon.com/2012/04/20/obamas_dismal_civil_liberties_record/singleton/

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