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  • Alex posted a story this morning about liberty and the pioneer woman in Wyeth's painting. Which led Hawkeye to post a story about Paul Simon's song 'American Tune' and its meaning to him. Okay, so we have the feminists and LGBT supporters covered. I'm all for that. Later on, I will be posting my morning missive on Psalm 11. Everybody gets a chance to represent, which is a good thing.

    But (oh damn, here comes the 'but') I often wonder if we take the time to realize our entire concept of our right to liberty comes from a very simple yet profound statement from the Declaration of Independence.

    "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these rights are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."

    Now I know these words have been misinterpreted by almost as many people as have read them. Most people jump right to the 'Big Three" and entirely miss the "all men" portion. (Do I have to explain that means "all mankind"? Sigh! The things we have to do to be 'politically correct' these days.) It's the 'all men' statement I wanted to talk about here. Briefly.

    Back in the 1960's we started putting lots of labels on people. Not that there weren't labels before, but those labels were usually either derogatory (kike, nigger, spic, queer, etc.) or frivolous. In the 60's, we started putting labels on ourselves like African-American, Mexican-American, and other cultural identifiers intended to separate one class of people from another. These became media appropriate labels which are often found in today's culture as a way of creating the age old paradox of human interaction - US and THEM!

    Somehow, I am getting the idea most people simply don't get it. THERE IS NO US AND THEM. We can no longer afford the luxury (luxury?) of thinking like that. Look around you. The economy of the Planet is collapsing. No one is safe. Whether by global warning or orbital precession, the weather patterns of the world are changing. No one is safe. Even our political systems are falling apart, since we now vote for the person we hate least, not the person we think will do the best job. No one is safe. Eventually, the poor will turn on the rich, but they will not know what to do when they take over and the problem will not be solved, simply amplified. No one is safe.

    True liberty is something only achieved by awareness. True liberty is only achieved by equality. True liberty is only achieved when it applies to everyone. EVERYONE!

    "for He makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust." - Matthew 5:45


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