Monday, July 4, 2011

We Will Either Find A Way, Or We Will Make One.

Today, as we celebrate our nation's Independence Day, Two Sisters From The Right join  our fellow bloggers who are members of The Right Blogfest in order to pay tribute to July 4, 2011.   
Please be sure to visit their sites as well to read what they have to say about celebrating America's independence from an oppressive government.

As most of our regular readers know, Two Sisters From The Right has been on hiatus for nearly two weeks.  This 4th of July finds the Two Sisters together on this date for the first time in many years.  As usual, we've had a chance to sit and chat while reminiscing celebrations in days past.

"Days past" is where our thoughts take us today.  As we sit here in the home office, we see a framed sign that once had a place of prominence on Sister Two's late husband's executive office.  It reads as follows:  


We Will
Either
Find A Way,
Or
We will
Make One.
Those inspiring and motivating words were spoken by none other than Hannibal, son of Hamilcar Barca, General and Commander in Chief of the Carthaginian Army, in 234 B.C.  Often regarded as the greatest military tactician and strategist in European history, Hannibal would later be considered one of the greatest generals of antiquity. Hannibal executed the unthinkable task of crossing The Alps and defeating their adversaries in Italy. (Read more here.)

Hannibal's words remind us of the will and determination of that rag tag army of colonists who dared to defy King George III of England and fought a Revolutionary War against the might of the British Army.  Surely the generals  who led that bold and brave army knew that in order to defeat the British, they would find a way or they would make one, and they did.
 
During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.

We now find ourselves in a country in turmoil, led by a president who should have studied strategists like Hannibal, or should love our country with the fervor and passion of those early colonists willing to die to defend its freedom.  They were men and women whose pride in their country was untarnished by self serving ideology or political ambition. Their courage and vision is what we celebrate today as well.

We must all be inspired by those who've gone before us and made this nation great, and as we face these times of crisis, we should persevere in our determination to "either find a way or make one", when we return our country to its rightful position as the greatest democracy the world has ever witnessed.  In doing so, let us heed the words of Thomas Paine, who during the period of the American Revolutionary War wrote a series of pamphlets entitled, The American Crisis.  The first volume is the most often quoted, and to us at Two Sisters From The Right, the most inspiring of all, especially as we celebrate this Independence Day


These are the times that try men's souls.
The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot
will, in this crisis,
shrink from the service of their country;
but he that stands it now
deserves the love and thanks
of man and woman.
Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered;
yet, we have this consolation with us,
that the harder the conflict,
the more glorious the triumph.
What we obtain too cheap,
we esteem too lightly;
it is dearness only
that gives everything its value.
Heaven knows how to put a proper price
upon its goods'
and it would be strange indeed
if so celestial an article as
FREEDOM should not be highly rated.
Tomas Paine
This 4th of July, we Americans must ask ourselves how highly we rate FREEDOM.  As we remind ourselves that we will either "Find a way or we will make one," we must acknowledge that a way has already been found for us.  This July 4th, 2011, as we celebrate our country's independence we MUST resolve to go to the polls in November, 2012, and exercise our right to vote for a new administration that will get us past this American Crisis of the 21st Century.

May you and yours enjoy a fun and happy holiday.
God Bless America!

Two Sisters From The Right







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