To the Editor:
Last night, I heard the sound of independence cracking, popping with loud thunder over Marengo in America's skies.
A festival of freedom-being celebrated by those who remember.For it is indeed John Adams, "Independence Forever!" But it is also Ben Franklin "Only if we can keep it."
Liberty has always been on the side of dignity and of truth. It has never been on the side of corruption, fake news and bias.
For those who hate President Trump, on either side. This is still America, he's still our president.This is still a place where liberty dwells.
It is a place long ago many came here to live in freedom, have liberty. The right to believe and worship God. They did so to get away from tyranny and dictatorship. Today, we will not be dictated by hate, but we will always be on the side of freedom.
Be on the side of those who do right by it, preserve it, but those who won't bear the responsibilities of freedom don't deserve it.
For me, John F. Kennedy was not a leftist, he was an idealist. Ronald Reagan was an optimist, not a rightist. Kennedy called on for pioneership. Reagan called on for faith.
I've always believed that's who we are - idealists with optimism.
But also to understand freedom must be guarded, protected and defended. We have the best military, now we need the best citizens to understand our borders need secured.
Freedom cannot be attained, nor liberty preserved, if we sacrifice security for the sake of peace. Peace comes through strength and only through strength can we keep America strong.
To keep it stronger, we must understand the world we live in. Grow from our mistakes and being willing to listen.
President Reagan said once, "There is no left or right, only up and down." Well, in America, we want to go up not down.
Finally, we few we happy few we band of brothers and sisters who believe in America are like the firecrackers bursting in the air, shouting out our independence,praising God's blessings. We intend to keep it.
Bob DeLacy Jr