Gone flag-wavin’

I’m taking a bit of an extended July Fourth holiday, vacating these cyber-premises today and returning on Tuesday the Fifth. I hope y’all have a restful and reflective Independence Day.

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MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Happy 4th of July to everyone on this blog.  Some thoughts of reflection on this very special day in America's history, below:


Many sports of competition with others foster the same bloodlust that the big/little boys play in war.  Killing becomes a legitimized way of "winning" over another who is "weaker."


Words closing the Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution editorial on July 4, 1966, which I mentioned yesterday:


"The American mind, on this Independence Day, is being made up.  Undertaken at last is the great, neglected task of proving 'that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable right, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.'


Each coming day now yields to each American the privilege of carrying that task forward to a final vindication of the ideal for which the Revolution was fought.


Jefferson could not call a stop to the 'execrable commerce' (slavery) in his day.  But the American people whose wisdom he trusted may now honor his faith in theirs."


To me, honoring Jefferson's faith in humanity transcends the ideas of slavery into a world brought from the Heavens into the words of John Lennon's "Imagine," a world envisioned of loving harmony toward one another in which there is no desire or need for war games.

Bruno2
Bruno2

@xxxzzz @Bruno2 I'm sure you kicked my butt this year, my worst Peachtree by far.  Now that I'm pushing 60, I may have to reconsider next year.  Good job on the effort.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Good Morning, Everyone, and Happy 4th of July weekend to all.


I came by this morning to urge readers of this blog to read in Sunday's (today's) AJC the editorial republished today which was written by The Editorial Board of the Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution on July 4, 1966.  It is entitled, "It's still not evident to some that all men are created equal."


Atlanta Constitution publisher, editor, and columnist Ralph McGill died three years later of a heart attack at age 71.  I suspect that McGill's pen was at the forefront of this editorial.  I was in NYC at that time, but his pen had affected me greatly in my high school years and early college years in south Georgia during the 1950s and early 1960s.


McGill was the only white Southern columnist to speak in behalf of the ideals and ideas of Thomas Jefferson's view of all men having been created equal with certain inalienable rights.  This editorial in today's AJC highlights the thinking of Thomas Jefferson as I have tried to be faithful in presenting his mind/spirit to this reading audience, for Jefferson's mind/spirit not only embodies the values of the 4th of July in our nation but of all humankinds' God-given rights for all places and for all times.


May God continue to love America and continue to give us leaders as wise as Thomas Jefferson and Ralph McGill. 

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Bruno2

If AmVet has successfully wrested his inner demons, I'm happy for him. Why wouldn't I be?

Do I miss him calling me a racist at every opportunity?

No.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Let your freedom ring, Kyle! 

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Enjoy the 4th! Which may include a fifth!


Be safe! I'm talking about the yahoos out there who do not know when to stop drinking or how to drive.

Bruno2
Bruno2

@RoadScholar Road rage is rampant right now.  Had a semi try to run me off the road on the way back from Savannah last weekend because I had the audacity to pass him (legally).