Before lighting the fireworks, think about what you are celebrating, what works, what doesn’t and at what price. Ask yourself, WHAT DO I STAND FOR?
“Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.” – Aristotle
“I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.” – Abraham Lincoln
“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” – John F. Kennedy
“The bedrock of our democracy is the rule of law and that means we have to have an independent judiciary, judges who can make decicions independent of the political winds that are blowing.” – Caroline Kennedy
“The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy.” – Charles de Montesquieu
“The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism.” – Reinhold Niebuhr
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” – Edmund Burke
“Patriotism means loving your homeland. Nationalism means hating other people’s countries.” -Charles de Gaulle
“Hatred is corrosive of a person’s wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation’s spirit, instigate brutal life and deathh struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and block a nation’s progress to freedom and democracy.” – Liu Xiaobo
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” – Mark Twain
“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywere else.” – Clarence Darrow
“Capitalism does not permit an even flow of economic resources. With this system, a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience, and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level. That’s the way the system works. And since we know that the system will not change the rules, we are going to have to change the system.” – Martin Luther King
In peace and with a clear conscience, I implore you to search your heart, soul and conscience and decide what you will stand for.