Posted by: 2in10 | 07/05/2011

July 4th

Happy Independence Day! I hope you had a good one. With temperatures in the 80s and sunny skies, summer is fully here.

I share some excerpts from The Wall Street Journal. They are from an op ed piece by Leon Kass entitled, “What Silent Cal  Said About the Fourth of July.” Kass refers to President Calvin Coolidge; the excerpts are from his speech in 1926 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

Kass begins…”Parades. Backyard barbeques. Fireworks. This is how many of us will celebrate the Fourth of July. In earlier times, the day was also marked with specially prepared orations celebrating our founding principles, a practice that has disappeared without notice.”

Kass notes that Coolidge presents the Declaration’s principles of human equality, inalienable rights, and government by consent. Coolidge concludes, “We live in an age of science and of abundant accumulation of material things. These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of the spirit come first…If we are to maintain the great heritage which has been bequeated to us, we must be like-minded as the fathers who created it. We must not sink into a pagan materialism. We must cultivate the reverence they had for the things which are holy. We must follow the spiritual and moral leadershp which they showed. We must keep replenished, that they may glow with a more compelling flame, the altar fires before which they worshipped.”

Kass adds, “[Coolidge] understood that free institutions and economic prosperity rest on cultural grounds, which in turn rest on religious foundations.”

Somthing to think about as we enjoy the patriotic glow of the fireworks we watched last night.

Be well, and happy summer!

Carolyn

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