Not long after we dropped through the Canadian border at
Last night, as we drove down Highway 93, a panoramic pattern of American devotion unfolded before our eyes. No matter in which which nook or cranny of the country you find yourself, it's easy to observe the love of liberty that is the common thread among Americans of every stripe. Roosville on Highway 93, we were treated to a nearly non-stop fireworks display as we wended our way south. From the small to the great, fireworks illuminated our path from Whitefish, Montana all the way to our midnight stopover point in Misoula. Particularly well put together were the fireworks shows at Flathead Lake. Families and friends congregated along the roadways, on the bridges, and in the harbors from miles around to pay tribute to their indomitable country with hot-dog roasting fires and the bombs of fireworks bursting in air.
As we drove along it occurred to me that this must have been exactly what John Adams had envisioned when he prophesied that the coming forth of the Declaration of Independence would be
...celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other...It's thrilling enough to be anchored in one place as one group of Americans pay their tribute to liberty and the freedom to choose. But last night, as we drove along Highway 93, a panoramic pattern of American devotion unfolded before our eyes. No matter in which which nook or cranny of the country you find yourself, it's easy to observe the love of liberty that is the common thread among Americans of every stripe.
America may at present be an economic tinderbox, but the roots of our heritage planted by our American forbears will eventually provide the nourishment of a renewed flowering of the American landscape with the greatnesses of our past--humility, liberty, and prosperity.
America's government may have gotten fat on playing the imperialistic overlord, but her people
No matter how defiantly the forces of calumny may combine against the greatest country on earth, two hundred and thirty three years of liberty will yet prove an impossible habit to break.are gradually coming to terms with the understanding that the real essence of American genius can be found only in setting the example of liberty and not in the force of arms.
We may have become confused and lost our way in a morass of soul-destroying government social programs, but the continuing bursts that illuminate our twenty-first century silhouette our lost and distant path just enough that I am confident we can find it once again.
America's image is tattered and torn, for sure. But at least once a year Americans all across the fruited plain remind themselves that America was once--and has the ability once again to be--the beacon of liberty.
"Independence now, and independence forever." Those words were also uttered by John Adams. Despite a foreign policy ironically destructive of freedom, the unfounded fears of man-made global warming, mountains of man-made debt, and the pitting by government of class against class, I am confident that "independence forever" is what we and our posterity will enjoy.
No matter how defiantly the forces of calumny may combine against the greatest country on earth, two hundred and thirty three years of liberty will yet prove an impossible habit to break.