posted on Jul, 4 2007 @ 12:08 PM
Happy birthday to the United States of America. May she have many, many more...
Before the revelries commence let us remember a toast uttered by Stephen Decateur almost 200 years ago, and no less important now than it was then.
"Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right, but right or wrong, our country."
Many have decried this as hopelessly jingoistic, and perhaps on the surface it seems that way. His intent was, I believe, to state that we must
regardless of our feelings concerning the direction our nation may have taken of late, we must never falter in our efforts to right our wrongs,
regardless of how difficult it may seem to do so. Afterall, our parents didn't give up on us when we took a mistep or wandered off the beaten path
too far, and we are, in a very real sense, the parents of our country, or rather what our country will be. If in our intercourse with other nations
we are wrong, there is no one to blame but ourselves if the wrong continues.
It's up to us as Americans to make sure that the legacy of our nation is a positive one. If not you, if not me, then who? We're the parents...
I'm not sure I made my point as clearly as I wanted, but there it is...