July 03, 2009

An American Without Reserve

An American Without Reserve
by Daniel Webster

I was born an American; I live an American; I shall die an American; and I intend to perform the duties incumbent upon me in that character to the end of my career. I mean to do this with absolute disregard of personal consequences.

What are the personal consequences? What is the individual man, with all the good or evil that may betide him, in comparison with the good or evil which may befall a great country, and in the midst of great transactions which concern that country's fate?

Let the consequences be what they will, I am careless. No man can suffer too much, and no man can fall too soon, if he suffer, or if he fall, in the defense of the liberties and constitution of his country.

In spite of everything that's going on in our great country right now, I know that there are still those who echo those very words of Daniel Webster, and have within their hearts, a commitment to do whatever is required to preserve the freedoms for which so many have sacrificed and died.

It is easy to become discouraged, when all around us we see those freedoms slipping away, but I have to believe in my own heart that there are more like the men I just mentioned, than those like the person who wrote these words on a blog I just read:

"And Happy Fourth of July to all nihilists out there. Burn a flag for Obama tomorrow."

When I read such things, it only makes me more thankful for the men and women who truly love and respect this great country of ours, and even more determined that people like the one who wrote those hateful words will never have their way in destroying what we have.

Happy Independence Day to everyone!



Gypsy Butterfly said...

Hello Jan,
Just dropping by to wish you a happy 4th of July!!!
Have a fun weekend,

Roxi said...

Jan- thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting. It means alot to me. I am so sorry that you have lost a child also. It is very hard when their birthdays and their death anniversary comes around. This year it is especially hard. Bill's mom's birthday is coming up and I am trying so hard to be strong for him as well. I am trying. So thank you so much for stopping by and being there for us. I am sorry that I didn't come by yesterday to wish you a happy 4th. So "Happy 4th" a day late. You also have a great day. Love, Roxi and Bill

Jan said...

Lydia..thank you!

I'm afraid I was very lax in getting around to wish others a nice holiday, but I do appreciate your consideration. :)

I trust that yours was a pleasant one, too!

Jan said...

Roxie..you're weloome.

I know that the first occasion of any kind is always hard after the loss of a loved one. I'm glad you are there for him. I know he was very close to his mom, and misses her very much. She was a great encouragement to him from what he has said, and he misses that. I'm glad he has you to encourage him, just as she did.

Much love to you and Bill, too.