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Why the Fourth of July

To the editor:

How invigorating to read words from those 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence in which they “pledge[d] to each other [their] Lives, [their] Fortunes, and [their] sacred Honor.” Firebrand Patrick Henry stated, “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.” Thomas Jefferson correctly said, “I prefer dangerous freedom rather then peaceful slavery.”

Those who mock the Founding Fathers seem to have not taken time for an in-depth study of their collective wisdom and foresight. They were definitely human, but they also set up a republican government that is still the envy of those who love freedom and the resulting responsibility that goes along with it.

In a letter to the Massachusetts militia, dated 11 October, 1798, John Adams mentioned that, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Isn’t that the root cause of the myriad problems that plague our nation?

God blesses America due to the degree we align our actions with what is contained in Holy Writ. Anything less than that will hasten our demise.

Leo Robert Lindquist

Balaton

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