Freedom, Independence. What Does it Mean to You?

Written by Barbara Mascio

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Submitted by Arlene of FL President Kennedy saidrepparttar following in 1962: Few nations do more thanrepparttar 145960 United States to assist their least fortunate citizens--to make certain that no child, no elderly or handicapped citizen, no family in any circumstances in any State, is left withoutrepparttar 145961 essential needs for a decent and healthy existence. In too few nations, I might add, arerepparttar 145962 people aware ofrepparttar 145963 progressive strides this country has taken in demonstratingrepparttar 145964 humanitarian side of freedom. Our record is a proud one--and it sharply refutes those who accuse us of thinking only inrepparttar 145965 materialistic terms of cash registers and calculating machines. Are we stillrepparttar 145966 same country? Think about it.

Submitted by Frank of TX We are free to breathe. Well, only if you don’t mindrepparttar 145967 fact thatrepparttar 145968 air we breathe these days is full of contaminants put there as a result of industrialization with profitrepparttar 145969 main concern over environmental safety.

Submitted by Joseph from IL Thomas Paine said in 1791, "The duty of a patriot is to protect his country fromrepparttar 145970 federal government." Our first President, George Washington agreed. He said, "Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." I fear we’ve lost control andrepparttar 145971 servant is not our government (as it was intended) but werepparttar 145972 people are now servants to them. Fearful master indeed.

Submitted by Stephen of OH I was a child during World War II. I remember thinking that I hopedrepparttar 145973 war would continue long enough for me to joinrepparttar 145974 army and fight for my freedom. Now, as we appear to be repeating history, I wonder if maybe we should learn that freedom can be best held through learning tolerance and letting go of fear and hate. The struggle for freedom, aroundrepparttar 145975 world, always seems to be centered inrepparttar 145976 energy of conflict and only ends when one side concedes. Who will berepparttar 145977 brave trusting sole (or country) to say, no more killing for freedom sake?

Submitted by Agnes of FL Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security dollars are money that you and I have supported through payroll deductions. I say, if you want to receive these benefits, and then continue supporting this. If you do not want these benefits, let us haverepparttar 145978 freedom to invest this same money on our own. We would promise never to apply for benefits and if we mismanage our money, then so be it. But I would like to haverepparttar 145979 freedom to ask forrepparttar 145980 right forrepparttar 145981 government to trust me with my own finances. Givenrepparttar 145982 debt of our country now (you are aware that we’re borrowing money from China just to operaterepparttar 145983 administrational functions of government) I think I can balance my checkbook a bit better than a politician. But will we ever takerepparttar 145984 stance that we are wiser than politicians?

Submitted by Eleanor of OH Freedom to me is to followrepparttar 145985 accepted rules of society. That is to say, work and support ones’ family, educate your children, care forrepparttar 145986 elderly and frail, teach people how to dorepparttar 145987 same without crippling them with handouts and that my children should be able to capitalize on my efforts, ending up with a better life than me and their children building on this success and so on. My son and daughter-in-law and their two children are now living with us, my son holds a PHD and cannot find work. Clearly, they do not haverepparttar 145988 same freedoms as I have enjoyed all my life. He has a job offer now, but it will take him to Japan. It breaks my heart, but he has a family to feed and this company in Japan is offering him something that he cannot find withinrepparttar 145989 United States.

Submitted by Howard of FL I would like to hearrepparttar 145990 truth along with allrepparttar 145991 facts supportingrepparttar 145992 truth about how our tax dollars are being managed. Freedom requires decisions. Decisions cannot be made if you are held hostage by sound bites and misleading data. I sense that we are in real trouble here inrepparttar 145993 states, but how does one truly know?

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The Story of the Star Spangled Banner

Written by Daniel J. Goevert

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From a distance, Key anxiously witnessedrepparttar battle asrepparttar 145900 evening wore on. As long asrepparttar 145901 roar of cannons filledrepparttar 145902 air, he knew Fort McHenry had not surrendered. Occasionally,repparttar 145903 red glare of deadly rockets illuminatedrepparttar 145904 night, giving visual assurancerepparttar 145905 Stars and Stripes were still flying. A few hours after midnight,repparttar 145906 shelling suddenly stopped, followed by an eerie, uncertain silence. Key nervously pacedrepparttar 145907 ship deck, agonizing over who had wonrepparttar 145908 battle. Visions of defeat dampened his spirit. If Fort McHenry had fallen, would this spell doom forrepparttar 145909 United States? Did this meanrepparttar 145910 end ofrepparttar 145911 republic’s grand experiment in ordered liberty?

Peering intorepparttar 145912 darkness for what seemed like an eternity, Key searched in vain for a sign to relieve his anxiety. Finally,repparttar 145913 first glimmer of dawn’s early light revealed a joyous sight…repparttar 145914 great Star-Spangled Banner gently blowing inrepparttar 145915 breeze… proof that Fort McHenry remained secure in American hands!

Moved byrepparttar 145916 dramatic outcome, Key quickly composed a few lines of poetry onrepparttar 145917 back of an old letter. Later, in his Baltimore hotel room, he added several more stanzas underrepparttar 145918 title “Defence of Fort M’Henry”. Within a week,repparttar 145919 poem appeared in print, and soon, newspapers from Georgia to New Hampshire were running withrepparttar 145920 verses. Eventually,repparttar 145921 poem was accompanied by music and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner”. The song enjoyed patriotic popularity for many years, but it wasn’t until March 3, 1931, that Key’s inspiration was officially adopted asrepparttar 145922 national anthem ofrepparttar 145923 United States.

Author Daniel J. Goevert is the webmaster of US Coin Values Advisor (, a site that explores the intersection of American history with the evolution of the US coinage system, beginning with colonial times. Illustrated.

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