Freedom, Independence. What Does it Mean to You?

Written by Barbara Mascio

I grew up around my grandmother and her sisters and brothers. We didn’t have much inrepparttar way of outside influences or ‘store-bought’ entertainment and so Sunday afternoon story telling was always something I looked forward to.

My elders were quite versed in history and were intelligent enough to question what was recorded as history. They often times weaved quotes from famous people in to their own life’s history as a means to emphasizerepparttar 145960 feel ofrepparttar 145961 day, so-to-speak. I learned so much as a child, just by sitting atrepparttar 145962 feet of a person that had experienced a full life.

I recently asked our readers to submit a short description of what freedom means to you. Every submission to this request came in from a senior. For those of you who look at our elderly as being uninformed or you lose your patience because they move or talk slower than you’d like, I invite you to read what these seniors have submitted and plan to be amazed. Freedom, inrepparttar 145963 eyes ofrepparttar 145964 seniors responding to this question, includesrepparttar 145965 freedom of all persons, not just personal freedom. They express so well that what they wish for themselves, they wish for you and your children.

Submitted by Fran of AZ Freedom for all requires that each person demanding freedoms will also acceptrepparttar 145966 responsibility of attaining that freedom. Please don’t ask an authority (government, church etc.) to take away that responsibility from you. Think. Every time we make a new law to ‘protect’ ourselves, we give this authority over torepparttar 145967 politicians and lawmakers

Submitted by Elizabeth of MI Freedom to me is havingrepparttar 145968 right to choose a doctor that also hasrepparttar 145969 freedom to choose my treatment – without being influenced by insurance and drug companies. Where do we go for that?

Submitted by Gloria Anne from OH Today's conservatives define patriotism as being nothing short of all out, unquestioned loyalty to G. W. Bush, regardless of how improper or unconstitutional his proposals and policies might be. I sense a loss of freedom, I am afraid ofrepparttar 145970 Homeland Security authorities. I was around duringrepparttar 145971 reign of McCarthy and Hoover. Does anyone else remember this?

Submitted by Clarence of ID President Theodore Roosevelt said, "Patriotism means to stand byrepparttar 145972 country. It does not mean to stand byrepparttar 145973 president or any other public official, save exactly torepparttar 145974 degree in which he himself stands byrepparttar 145975 country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently servesrepparttar 145976 country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him torepparttar 145977 exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand byrepparttar 145978 country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tellrepparttar 145979 truth, whether aboutrepparttar 145980 president or anyone else." Unpatriotic for a government official to lie? Well, we impeached one president because he lied about his sex life and one because he lied about spying on his competitors. How many times do we accept lies now as ‘matter of fact’,repparttar 145981 course of ‘doing business’? I worry aboutrepparttar 145982 apathy these days, and I understand it. They have us so busy just trying to put food onrepparttar 145983 table few people lift their heads up and realize what is happening all around them.

Submitted by Lydia from MI I now quote Mr. Jefferson: We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, andrepparttar 145984 Pursuit of Happiness…. These truths were self-evident (Among moral, reasonable men they could not be argued against). The emphasis onrepparttar 145985 next phrase is as much onrepparttar 145986 word “created” as it is on “equal”. We each have varying talents, physical characteristics, amounts of wealth, etc. But we all are born “equal” beforerepparttar 145987 Creator. The current modern day concept of economic equality is more akin to Karl Marx than torepparttar 145988 Declaration. Lastly, it is not Happiness, butrepparttar 145989 Pursuit thereof to which we have a right.

Submitted by Mary of PA President Ronald Reagan said, "Government is notrepparttar 145990 solution torepparttar 145991 problem; government isrepparttar 145992 problem."

The Story of the Star Spangled Banner

Written by Daniel J. Goevert

The future ofrepparttar young United States looked bleak asrepparttar 145900 summer of 1814 entered its final weeks. The “Second War for American Independence”, often calledrepparttar 145901 “War of 1812”, had taken a perilous turn forrepparttar 145902 upstart Americans. On August 19, British warships sailed up Chesapeake Bay and captured Washington D.C. in only five days. President Madison and other government officials barely escapedrepparttar 145903 city beforerepparttar 145904 Redcoats set fire torepparttar 145905 US Capitol,repparttar 145906 White House, and numerous public buildings. As if by divine intervention, a torrential rainstorm struck just in time to saverepparttar 145907 city from total destruction.

From Washington,repparttar 145908 British planned a massive attack on Baltimore. Incidental torepparttar 145909 events leading up torepparttar 145910 assault, American physician William Beanes was taken prisoner by a British scout party. Fearing for his wellbeing, a few ofrepparttar 145911 good doctor’s friends sent a respected Georgetown lawyer named Francis Scott Key to negotiate his release. Once on boardrepparttar 145912 British flagship, Key amiably persuadedrepparttar 145913 commanding officer to free Dr. Beanes, but because both Americans had observed preparations forrepparttar 145914 military operation against Baltimore, they were temporarily detained behindrepparttar 145915 British fleet.

Atrepparttar 145916 mouth of Baltimore’s harbor sat Fort McHenry. No invasion force could takerepparttar 145917 city without passing byrepparttar 145918 imposing fortification. Knowing full wellrepparttar 145919 British were coming,repparttar 145920 determined Fort McHenry defenders unfurled an exceptionally large American flag, to proudly demonstrate their resolve. Sewn fromrepparttar 145921 finest wools,repparttar 145922 30 foot by 42 foot banner was visible for miles.

At 7 o’clock onrepparttar 145923 morning of September 13, 1814,repparttar 145924 British naval bombardment of Fort McHenry commenced. The American garrison, personified by their enormous flag, stood ready to facerepparttar 145925 enemy. The fierce bombing continued all day, and intorepparttar 145926 night.

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