Monday, June 30, 2008

July 4th Reflections...

Ed. Note: This came in via the VVAW Contact net, of which I am privileged to be a part. I thought it was worth sharing with everyone for America's Birthday. Some food for our minds and our souls, to accompany the BBQ and hot dogs, and the flags and fireworks. WH

On this July 4th, the celebration of our independence, it is important to reread the 1776 Declaration, and note that many of the listed abuses exist today. We should use July 4th to renew our heritage and declare our independence from greed, corruption and deceit of politicians, corporations and financial institutions. These groups have conspired to institute laws and practices that are contrary to our unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Democracy is much more than voting. Democracy requires action. Like our founding fathers, we must actively speak out and defend the rights that have been endowed upon us by our Creator. We are not pawns and slaves. We are a free and independent people and we must work to remain so. To do otherwise is to invite domination and the abuse of power. Democracy is a verb.

Arnold Stieber
VVAW Michigan Contact

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