~ Rev. Linda Hanna Walling, Faithful Reform in Health Care
Oh how we love our red, white and blue bunting, balloons, T-shirts and lapel pins to show our patriotism. And there’s nothing like a good fireworks display synchronized to a rousing rendition of Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” to give rise to a few goose bumps!
But perhaps a more authentic expression of our respect for democracy would be that of reclaiming the ideals upon which our nation was founded. Dare we forget our forebears’ declaration that in the sacred act of creation we are granted with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? And dare we forget that they constituted a government to promote the common good and secure the blessings of liberty? Indeed, the ideals, the freedoms — and the responsibilities — crafted by those leaders are not to be taken lightly. Read the rest of this entry »