Fourth of July

It is the Fourth of July – the 238th birthday of this great nation. In between the cookouts and plans for the rest of the long weekend, we hope everyone will take time today to remember the blessings we have been given by our Founding Fathers – and the gamble they were willing to take on this experiment in democracy.

We are an ever-evolving project. We have faced – and overcome – serious obstacles in our past, problems that through the course of history have fractured many other nations.

Even today contentious differences seem to divide, rather than unite us. But just as we persevered in the past, we will persevere today.

The gift our Founding Fathers gave us is a government capable of meeting – and solving – these challenges.

In honor of the Fourth of July, we offer the writings of others on the subject of liberty.


We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – The Declaration of Independence


Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it. – Judge Learned Hand


America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. – Abraham Lincoln


These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. – Thomas Paine