"We must all hang together or, assuredly,
we shall all hang separately."
That quote is attributed to Mr. Franklin shortly after the signing of The Declaration of Independence. I am not sure what it means to you, but to me it stands as symbol of the hope and unity about the very country we celebrate today.
We live free because of the sacrifices of those who came before us, those who have died defending us and by those who protect us today. We owe it to ourselves to never take the word freedom for granted and to protect and preserve it's very essence by continuing to stand together, even when it feels like we might be apart.
The men who founded this country were wise men, men of differing backgrounds, opinions and hopes for what they thought these United States should be. They weren't perfect, no far from it, but they were united. United to the cause, their committed and their desire to make this country, our country, the very best it could be. They were united in their cause then as we should be united in ours now.
All political opinions aside, we either either find a way to overcome our strongly seeded opinions, political views and self-directed moral sense of right and wrong to either come together today or we may very well find ourselves irretrievably broken tomorrow.
I for one don't want to hang alone. Do you?
Happy Fourth of July and as always,