July 4Posted: July 9, 2014
My significantly better half, Carolyn Vella, suggested I write about what July 4 means.
I think that the first thing is that I could not write a blog like this (or like anything) many places in the world without facing preclearance of the contents, or of the very existence of the blog, and/or facing post publication sanctions, both official and “unofficial”, ranging up to death.
Pretty severe, right? Right.
That is one way our First Amendment means so much. It not only permits us to communicate with our government, it allows us free communication with other, without which there can be no education, no free exercise of religion, no intellectual or social advancement of any sort.
So, on July 4, we celebrate the liberties enshrined in the First Amendment and also honor the lives sacrificed to guarantee those liberties.
God Bless America.