America — Does that flag still proudly wave?

Happy birthday America!

As most of you know this wasn’t the actual date but a beginning of a series of events which resulted in the independence of our country.

Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson writing the Declaration of independence (1776)

Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson writing the Declaration of independence (1776) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Perhaps we should remember our own desire for national sovereignty and apply that principle in our relations with other countries. I recall the opinion of a father-in-law who said, “kill them with kindness, not bombs”.

“The only defensible war is a war of defense.” – G. K. Chesterton

Sometimes it just makes sense to seek out the wisdom of those who came before us. Adams, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe all had formed their ideas based on a collective of good principles in governments which preceded ours. They knew there are flaws inherent in any form of government based on the limits & frailties of human understanding. These limitations were duly noted and reflected in their writings. Some of these thoughts became part of our Constitution, while others served as a foundation to understand how they thought and why.

I find these statements to be as modern and appropriate today as written centuries before. I only wish we had the wisdom to follow their guidance in our current affairs.

“The relationship of one nation with a foreign nation rests on natural law and moral principles as well as on recognized international law. We owe other nations a respect for their chosen form of government as we expect our own form to be respected, and we have no right to interfere in another people’s choice of government or internal policy any more than they have to interfere in ours.”Thomas Jefferson

“We will never be angry with others for exercising their own rights according to what they think their own interests.” – Thomas Jefferson

“[America’s] glory is not dominion, but liberty. Her march is in the march of the mind. She has a spear and a shield: but the motto upon her shield is, FREEDOM, INDEPENDENCE, PEACE. This has been her Declaration: this has been, as far as her necessary intercourse with the rest of mankind would permit, her practice.”John Adams

“Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand.” – John Adams

“No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts in the affairs of men more than the people of the United States.  —  Every step, by which they have been advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency.”George Washington