declaration of independenceCharles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu had a sense of humor.  Therefore, when he wrote The Spirit of laws, a very serious work, he still gave us the opportunity to laugh at ourselves.

2. Different Significations of the word Liberty. There is no word that admits of more various significations, and has made more varied impressions on the human mind, than that of liberty. Some have taken it as a means of deposing a person on whom they had conferred a tyrannical authority; others for the power of choosing a superior whom they are obliged to obey; others for the right of bearing arms, and of being thereby enabled to use violence; others, in fine, for the privilege of being governed by a native of their own country, or by their own laws. A certain nation for a long time thought liberty consisted in the privilege of wearing a long beard. Some have annexed this name to one form of government exclusive of others: those who had a republican taste applied it to this species of polity; those who liked a monarchical state gave it to monarchy. Thus they have all applied the name of liberty to the government most suitable to their own customs and inclinations: and as in republics the people have not so constant and so present a view of the causes of their misery, and as the magistrates seem to act only in conformity to the laws, hence liberty is generally said to reside in republics, and to be banished from monarchies. In fine, as in democracies the people seem to act almost as they please, this sort of government has been deemed the most free, and the power of the people has been confounded with their liberty. (from here)

Because we are Americans, we each have the right to react to Independence Day in our own way, at least for the time being. Some understand the value of liberty. Some do not.

Here are how some of my favorite blogs, bloggers who value Liberty, celebrated Independence Day.

The bluebird of bitterness posted a video, Happy Independence Day, that honors the sacrifices of our veterans. An earlier post, Sweet land of liberty, provides some remarkable photos that portray our nation’s symbols.

Always On Watch: Semper Vigilans features a video, Independence Day 2014. One of our nation’s treasures,  now deceased, bequeathed us this video. The video is about this line from the Declaration of Independence.

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.

The Christian Gazette posted Finding Freedom and Patriotism Revisited. Both posts emphasize in different ways the first loyalty of a devout Christian.

In What does the Bible say about courage?, altruistico considers the subject of courage. What enabled the men and women who fought for an independent United States to make the attempt? How did they persevere through the long years of a bloody war?

aurorawatcherak tackles Independence Day from two different directions.  On Being American recalls what it once meant to be an American. Independence begins with these words.

Liberty is a Biblical concept. The notion of freedom in Christ would eventually lead to the American experiment in liberty.

BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns, and Guts Comades! provides a post that honors the sacrifices of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence. That post also recalls George Orwell warning, “It depends on you.”

Instead of conserving energy, nebraskaenergyobserver provides an extravaganza in Broad Stripes and Bright Stars and something more serious in The Vote. Make certain you listen to the The Vote.

Some people enjoy sporting events.  Therefore Red NoVA posted the picture of a big flag at a football game, Happy Independence Day.

Keith DeHavelle writes superb poetry, and he honored the occasion with a poem, HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

Finally, we have comics from Be Sure You’re RIGHT, Then Go Ahead and Thinking in Christ.

After considering considering the previous posts, what is so funny about the comics? For things of little value, we would throw away something precious, our unalienable Rights, among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Before they speak or act, Christians are suppose to ask themselves a question: “What would Jesus do?” For the sake of government handouts, would Jesus give away His neighbors’ Rights?


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