July 04, 2007
TODAY, AND EVERY DAY
hates the 4th of July.
Trust me, you don't want me to work on the 4th of July. I'll just go into one of my insensitive rants about how Americans .. most Americans anyway .. no longer have any real love of freedom. Security is the word today, not independence. Oh, to be sure ... we want to be free to chose where we work (as long as we don't have to negotiate our own salary), where we live, where we worship and what's for dinner. Beyond that ... all too many of us want to government to step in and relieve us of the responsibilities and consequences of choice.
Reading assignment? Sure .. I have one for you. Go buy the book "1776" and read it. Read how American patriots in 1776 marched across frozen ground without shoes --- leaving a trail of blood --- just to fight for independence from Great Britain. Today? See how many people you can find today who would make that sacrifice for freedom.
Will get the book. And will think about what freedom really means today.
But 4th of July for patriots is like Valentine's Day for soulmates: superfluous.
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I have a love/hate relationship with Neil Boortz. But he's right on the mark here. What is seriously lacking in today's world is the concept of personal responsibility.
Posted by: Non-essential Equipment at July 04, 2007 06:41 AM (RQd8z)
I think the best thing about Neil Boortz is the love/hate relationship
I like that he challenges me to really think about why I believe something to be true.
Posted by: Sarah at July 04, 2007 10:45 AM (vrR+j)
"Security is the word today, not independence"...he's overstating his case. There are plenty of people taking risks in America today.
How many people started businesses last year?...from small neighborhood affairs to venture-backed startups? In most cases, they are chosing risk over security.
How many people choose to work at jobs that are important, but can be physically dangerous? Offshore oil platform workers, firefighters, EMS helicopter pilots, lots more.
How many people joined the military or chose to remain in the military, while knowing fully what is going on in Iraq, Afghanistan?
How about all the people pursuing long-shot career dreams, in music, in sports, in acting, in writing?
I share the concern about excessive emphasis on security, but there are plenty of people in this country who value freedom and accompishment and are willing to take risks.
Thanks to your husband and yourself for your service, Sarah, and happy 4th of July to all.
Posted by: david foster at July 04, 2007 12:17 PM (gguM0)
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