Happy Independence Day!
These fireworks represent the blood and treasure our fore-fathers spent to win our freedom.
Here is an excerpt from George Washington’s Farewell Address:
Of all the dispositions and habits, which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and citizens. The mere Politician, equally with the pious man ought to respect and to cherish them… reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
‘Tis substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule indeed extends with more or less force to every species of free Government. Who, that is a sincere friend to it, can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric.
Promote then as an object of primary importance, Institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.
As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible, avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, but remembering also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it; avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertions in time of peace to discharge the debts which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burthen which we ourselves ought to bear.
— George Washington, 1796.
Our Founding Fathers worked hard to birth this nation in freedom. They promoted virtue and morality, and they paid their debts with their own blood and treasure knowing that debtors are servants to creditors. Today as we celebrate our own freedom and independence, consider whether we are giving the same gift of freedom to future generations. Do we promote virtue and morality? Are we paying our debts? Or are we expecting future generations to pay our bills? Are we using our trillion dollar debts to enslave future Americans? Will we be the generation that inherits freedom and bequeaths slavery?