04 July 2006

To provide new Guards for their future security

Today we celebrate our Independence, and those who made it possible. And while we often praise and remember the military members who help secure our freedom and independence, and rightly so, today we should also remember the courage of another group. Politicians, who truly believed that this was the right and moral course of action, said to each other and to the world, "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor." This was no small decision, but carried with it a fair degree of danger, for as Benjamin Franklin said at the signing, "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."

Yes, politicians with guts, who were willing to lay not only their honor, but their lives on the line for a decision they believed in. Perhaps one day we will see such men (or women) on the national stage again. I hope so.

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